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Former Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire discharged from hospital after lung surgery

By Claire Williamson

Former Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire has been discharged from hospital after lung surgery.

Mr Brokenshire made the announcement on January 8 and revealed he required surgery for a lung condition.

The Old Bexley and Sidcup MP was a close ally of Mrs May, having served under her for five years at the Home Office.

Mr Brokenshire (50) took the role in 2016 replacing Theresa Villiers.

In his resignation letter to the Prime Minister Mr Brokenshire addressed his health and said he has a "small lesion in my right lung which needs to be removed".

He said it had been a "huge privilege" to serve in Mrs May's government and "to serve the people of Northern Ireland as Secretary of State".

He was replaced by Karen Mrs Bradley, MP for Staffordshire Moorlands who was formerly in the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

On Saturday Mr Brokenshire said he had been discharged from hospital following his surgery and was now embarking on the recovery process.

He said: "The NHS doctors, nurses and support staff were absolutely outstanding and I could not have been in better hands.

"One hard step done but now the steady recovery and recuperation ahead. Will be taking things steadily."

In accepting his resignation Mrs May said Mr Brokenshire had demonstrated that the role in the Northern Ireland Office was “vital work which will demand long hours, hard effort and complete focus” and it was “absolutely right that you should put your health first”.

She added: “While it is typical of you that your first thought was not for yourself, but for your duties as a Cabinet Minister and public servant, it is absolutely right that you should put your health first, for your sake and that of your family."

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