Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

The Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP


James Brokenshire was appointed Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on 14 July 2016. He was elected the Conservative MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup in 2010.


James was educated at Davenant Foundation Grammar School, Loughton; Cambridge Centre for Sixth Form Studies; and the University of Exeter, where he studied law.


James was MP for Hornchurch and Rainham from 2005 until the constituency was abolished in 2010. He has campaigned on issues such as crime, asylum and immigration and keeping healthcare facilities at his local hospital. From 2006 to 2010 he was Shadow Minister for Home Affairs.

James was Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Home Office from May 2010 until February 2014. He served as Minister for Immigration and Security at the Home Office from 2014 to 2015 and as Minister for Immigration from May 2015 until July 2016.

Career outside politics

Before entering Parliament he was a partner at a large international law firm where he advised a range of companies, businesses and financial institutions on company law, mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions.

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for the Northern Ireland Office, advances UK government interests in Northern Ireland and represents Northern Ireland interests in the Cabinet.

The Secretary of State leads on:

  • national security and counter-terrorism
  • implementation of the Stormont House Agreement
  • the economy and inward investment
  • political stability and relations with the Northern Ireland Executive
  • international interest in Northern Ireland, including relations with the Irish government
  • human rights
  • dealing with the past

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister of State for Immigration

    • 2015 to 2016
  2. Minister of State for Immigration

    • 2014 to 2015
  3. Minister of State

    • 2014 to 2015
  4. Minister for Security

    • 2010 to 2014


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  1. PM: Devolved administrations vital to our success in the future

    • Press release
  2. Brokenshire’s 100th day as Secretary of State

    • News story
  3. Secretary of State welcomes rising employment figures

    • Press release
  4. Brokenshire attends Royal Marines Association ceremony in Belfast

    • Press release
  5. Construction opportunities take centre stage at Brokenshire’s latest Business Advisory Group

    • Press release
  6. Export opportunities top agri-food Business Advisory Group agenda

    • Press release
  7. Secetary of State pays tribute to David Ford

    • News story
  8. Brokenshire welcomes end of Twaddell parading dispute

    • Press release
  9. City of Derry airport to gain UK government support for vital air link

    • News story
  10. UK-Ireland treaty brings end to paramilitarism a step closer

    • Press release