Bradley named new Northern Ireland Secretary

Jeannette Daniel
January 13, 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May appointed a new Northern Ireland minister on Monday after James Brokenshire resigned due to ill health, posing a new challenge in efforts to resolve a political crisis in the British province.

Karen Bradley, who represents the English constituency of Staffordshire, was formerly the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

The politician said he is expected to undergo surgery to remove a lung lesion. She said Northern Ireland's government departments could not continue on without ministers. Get on with recovery and get back to my duties as MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup and also back to frontline political duties as well.

"In the coming days, I look forward to meeting many different people, parties and other groups as I take on this hugely important and exciting role in the Prime Minister's government".

Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire posted a photo of himself on Twitter displaying a jersey for his favorite soccer team, West Ham United.

"Clearly, there are immediate challenges". The former Deputy First Minister's resignation over Arlene Foster's refusal to step aside as First Minister over the cash for ash scandal brought down the Stormont Assembly.

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In a video message as she arrived in Belfast she said: "I'm really, really thrilled to be here today in my first visit in this incredible role that I'm honoured to have been given as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland".

Mr Coveney is now on a visit to the Middle East and will stop over in London on his way back to Ireland.

Mr Brokenshire took on the role of Northern Ireland Secretary in July 2016, replacing Theresa Villiers following the vote on Brexit.

"This is clearly a hard time for not only James but for Cathy, his wife and his children".

A relative unknown in Northern Ireland, Mr Brokenshire stepped into the spotlight, calling for snap elections for the Northern Ireland Assembly, early past year following the resignation of Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness. I send my best wishes to him and the entire Brokenshire family.

In an apparent signal that he may be in line for a return to Government once he has recovered after surgery, the PM said Mr Brokenshire would have continued to do "a good job" had it not been for his illness, adding: "I very much look forward to working alongside you again when you are back to full health".

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