Tory MP James Brokenshire has died aged 53.
MP Old Bexley and Sidcup, who was previously Secretary for Northern Ireland and Home Secretary, took leave of his ministerial post earlier this year after a tumor recurred.
He was first diagnosed with lung cancer in 2018.
Brokenshire died Thursday evening with his family by his bedside. He had been hospitalized since Sunday.
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The Brokenshire family released a statement via Twitter this morning:
A statement on behalf of the Brokenshire family on the death of MP James Brokenshire pic.twitter.com/sKknyCQ1Ow
– James Brokenshire (@JBrokenshire) October 8, 2021
Mr Brokenshire was born on January 8, 1968 in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. He studied law at the University of Exeter and then worked for the international law firm Jones Day.
He was first elected in the former constituency of Hornchurch in 2005.
Many of Mr Brokenshire’s colleagues and friends have publicly expressed their condolences on the occasion of his death.
Desperately sad to hear the news from James Brokenshire.
James was the nicest, nicest, and humblest politician, but also extraordinarily efficient.
– Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) October 8, 2021
Devastated to hear the heartbreaking news of the death of James Brokenshire, well before its time. He was a dedicated and hard-working member of Parliament, but more than that, he was quite a decent and lovable man, and devoted to his family. My thoughts and prayers are with them all today.
-David Cameron (@David_Cameron) October 8, 2021
I send my deepest condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of James Brokenshire.
He was taken far too young, a real tragedy. James was unfailingly professional and kind and it was clear that he cared deeply for his job and his public service. Rest in peace Jacques.
– Angela Rayner (@AngelaRayner) October 8, 2021
From my decade working at Westminster, James Brokenshire was one of the good guys. Well intentioned, hard working and honest.
Thoughts of his family and close colleagues.
Rest in peace https://t.co/9l41XVkEy1
– Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) October 8, 2021