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Ex-BBC Cardwell man to advise Secretary of State Brokenshire: reports

By Rebecca Black

Published 28/07/2016

Journalist: Peter Cardwell
Journalist: Peter Cardwell

Co Armagh-born Good Morning Britain journalist Peter Cardwell is reported to have been recruited as a special advisor (spad) for Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire.

It is understood he will work alongside long-term Conservative Party spad Jonathan Caine, who advised former secretaries of state Theresa Villiers and Owen Paterson.

Prime Minister Theresa May appointed Mr Brokenshire to the position two weeks ago.

The Old Bexley and Sidcup MP has already been busy, holding talks with First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness over the UK's plan to leave the EU, and making his first official visit to Londonderry on Tuesday.

Mr Brokenshire previously served as Minister for Security and Immigration.

Mr Cardwell told the Belfast Telegraph last night he could not comment reports he had been appointed to the job.

The Richhill man started his career at the BBC and worked for Newsnight in London, before becoming a reporter for Radio Ulster's Nolan Show.

After working on the General Election debates in 2010, he moved to UTV and then broke onto television screens nationwide with a posting on Good Morning Britain.

Earlier in life, he attended the Portadown College, before gaining a place at Oxford University and then studying journalism at Columbia University in New York.

In his spare time, Mr Cardwell works with good causes, including sitting on the advisory council for the MS Society in Northern Ireland.

He also chairs the Philip Geddes Memorial Fund, which awards annual prizes for student journalism at Oxford.

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