Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

The Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP

Biography

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.

Education

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

Career

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

Announcements

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  1. Brokenshire hails enduring NI-US relationship at start of New York visit

    • Press release
  2. British Irish Parliamentary Assembly speech, November 2016

    • Speech
  3. British-Irish Council Summit: Focus on EU exit and 'Early Years' policy

    • Press release
  4. Appointments to the Parades Commission for Northern Ireland

    • News story
  5. Randox Science Park hosts Secretary of State

    • Press release
  6. Fresh Start Agreement: One Year On

    • Press release
  7. Secretary of State visits Kilroot Power Station

    • Press release
  8. Tribute to fallen heroes on Remembrance Day

    • News story
  9. Brokenshire steps up NI voluntary and community sector engagement

    • Press release
  10. Meeting of devolved administrations in preparation for UK's EU negotiations

    • Press release