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Brokenshire praises NHS staff as he recovers from surgery

By Claire Williamson

James Brokenshire has pledged to take things steadily after he was discharged from hospital following lung surgery.

The former NI Secretary of State stepped down on January 8 after revealing he required an operation for a lesion.

On Saturday the 50-year-old said he had been discharged from hospital following 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 lies ahead. Will be taking things steadily."

Mr Brokenshire became Secretary of State in 2016, replacing Theresa Villiers. He was a close ally of Prime Minister Theresa May, having served under her for five years at the Home Office.

In his resignation letter to the Prime Minister, Mr Brokenshire addressed his health and said he had 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 Bradley, who was formerly in the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

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