James Brokenshire, the Conservative MP and previous groups secretary, has died on the age of 53.
He exceeded away at Darrant Valley sanatorium from lung most cancers surrounded via way of means of pals and own circle of relatives after being admitted on the weekend.
Mr Brokenshire headed the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government among 2018 and 2019 in Theresa May’s authorities. He changed into additionally secretary of kingdom for Northern Ireland from 2016 to 2018.
He changed into first elected as an MP in 2005 for the Hornchurch constituency, earlier than representing Bexley and Sidcup from 2010.
A declaration launched via way of means of Mr Brokenshire’s own circle of relatives said: “It is with deep unhappiness that we announce the dying of James Brokenshire on the age of 53.”
“James changed into now no longer handiest a amazing authorities minister as each protection and immigration minister on the Home Office and secretary of kingdom on the Northern Ireland Office and Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, however a devoted constituency MP.”
“But maximum importantly, he changed into a loving father to his 3 children, a dedicated husband to Cathy and a devoted pal to so many.”
Tributes have poured in for Mr Brokenshire, with the high minister describing him in a Twitter submit as “the nicest, kindest and maximum unassuming of politicians however additionally incredibly effective”.
James Jamieson (Con), the chairman of the LGA, posted: “Sad information, I will usually take into account James as a actual gentleman, considerate and kind. Always had time to listen, our mind are together along with his own circle of relatives.”
The County Councils Network (CCN) additionally shared their condolences. CCN chairman Tim Oliver (Con) said: “We are all deeply saddened and stunned via way of means of the information of the passing of the Rt. Hon James Brokenshire MP at this kind of younger age.”
“As secretary of kingdom for Housing, Communities and Local Government, James changed into a robust supporter of the critical function that councils and their groups play.”
Graeme McDonald, handling director of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers, defined Mr Brokenshire as a “terrific SoS [secretary of state] whose integrity, intellect, and humanity shone through”.
The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities tweeted that Mr Brokenshire “is fondly remembered via way of means of civil servants throughout the Department. Our condolences visit his own circle of relatives.”
And Lord Porter (Con), chief of South Holland DC, paid tribute to the previous minister as “surely one of the kindest, maximum considerate politicians I even have ever labored with”.
“Local authorities has misplaced certainly considered one among its best champions,” he added.