James Brokenshire replaces Javid at MHCLG

In the wake of Amber Rudd's resignation as Home Secretary, Sajid Javid been appointed in her place and has in turn been succeeded by James Brokenshire.  Brokenshire was previously Secretary for Northern Ireland, a role from which he stepped down four months ago in order to receive treatement for lung cancer.

He is characterised by the Guardian newspaper as being 'generally viewed as diligent and on top of his brief, if unexciting.'  Most of his career as a junior minister was spent dealing with crime and immigration issues, with the Guardian article commenting that he might have been eligible for Amber Rudd's job were he not potentially too close to some of the issues that brought her down (though no evidence has been produced to suggest that this might be the case).

His full ministerial career is as follows:

  • The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (14 Jul 2016 to 8 Jan 2018)
  • Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration) (8 Feb 2014 to 14 Jul 2016)
  • The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (11 May 2011 to 8 Feb 2014)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (13 May 2010 to 11 May 2011)
  • Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) (8 Nov 2006 to 6 May 2010)
  • Member, Constitutional Affairs Committee (12 Jul 2005 to 11 Dec 2006)

A plain English review of the Bexley and Sidcup MP's voting record can be found here

His topics of interest as listed on theyworkforyou's website are rather light on housing:

  • Home Department
  • Health
  • Justice
  • Children
  • Schools and Families
  • Transport
  • Departmental Data Protection
  • Capita Group
  • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse
  • Departmental ICT
  • Independent Safeguarding Authority


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