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:

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.

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