UK Cabinet reshuffle: Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire resigns

Cabinet reshuffle: Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire resignsMonitoring DeskMr Brokenshire understood to be standing down over ill health, as he is due to undergo major surgery within weeksNorthern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire has stood down from his post amid reports of ill health.Mr Brokenshire – who has held the job since July 2016 – is understood to be preparing to undergo major surgery within the next few weeks for a lesion to his right lung. His resignation came as Theresa May began a reshuffle of her top team in an effort to reassert her authority after losing her parliamentary majority in the general election.

A close ally of the Prime Minister, the Old Bexley and Sidcup MP had not been expected to go in Ms May’s first major reshuffle since she took office.

A source close to Mr Brokenshire said: “He has a small lesion on his right lung and is getting major surgery in the next couple of weeks.”

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