Brokenshire resigns as Northern Ireland Secretary

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Britain's Northern Ireland minister James Brokenshire has resigned because of ill-health, his spokesman said on Monday, before a planned cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Theresa May.

The Staffordshire Moorlands MP, whose constituency covers the Peak District in central England, is married with two children. The first was when she was speaking about organised crime and the second to inform the House that the home office had sold a Toyota Prius there for £3,073.

The administration collapsed in January a year ago after Sinn Fein pulled out over a scandal involving a renewable energy funding scheme.

A fall-out between the two leading political parties, the DUP and Sinn Fein, has meant that has been no Northern Ireland Executive in operation for nearly a year.

Ms Bradley enjoys hill walking and cooking.

As MPs prepared to head back for Westminster following the Christmas break, she reaffirmed her intention to lead the Conservatives into the next general election.

She joined the Conservatives and in 2010 won the seat of Staffordshire Moorlands from Labour, becoming a government whip three years later and a junior minister in 2014.

She introduced the Serious Crime Act to tackle organised crime and secured the passage of the Modern Slavery Act.

It is likely to represent her biggest overhaul of her top team since she appointed her first Cabinet on entering No 10 in 2016.

The Northern Ireland Secretary said: "Clearly, there are immediate challenges".

Since then, he has assisted efforts to restore power-sharing in the country. "I believe a devolved government in Belfast is best placed to address these issues and take the key decisions which affect people's day to day lives - whether these relate to the economy, public services or issues of policing and justice".

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