James Brokenshire was first elected as the Conservative Member of Parliament for Old Bexley & Sidcup in May 2010 and subsequently re-elected in 2015 and again in 2017 with more than 60% of the vote. James lives in Bexley with his wife Cathrine and the couple’s three children.
James was appointed Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in July 2016 serving in this role until January 2018. In this role he had UK Government responsibility for ensuring the operation of the devolution settlement, national security and promoting Northern Ireland as a great to live, work and do business, as well as seeing that Northern Ireland’s interests were promoted and advanced through the Brexit negotiations.
Previously, James was a Minister at the Home Office, consecutively taking on the Crime Prevention, Security and Immigration briefs. Working with the then Home Secretary, James led on the negotiations that secured the deportation of Abu Qatada and oversaw the security operation during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. His time at the Home Office also saw him take on oversight responsibility for a number of important agencies, including the Security Service (MI5), the Police Counter-Terrorism network, Border Force, UK Visas and Immigration and HM Passport Office, among others.
James is a Member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council.
Before entering Parliament James practised law for thirteen years at a large international law firm becoming a partner at the firm. In this role James advised a range of companies, businesses and financial institutions in the UK and overseas.
Prior to contesting the Old Bexley & Sidcup seat, James was the Member of Parliament for Hornchurch & Rainham (2005-2010); a member of the House of Commons Constitutional Affairs Select Committee (2005-6); and Shadow Minister for Crime Reduction (2006-10).
James enjoys watching cricket, jogging, listening to music and hill walking - particularly in the Highlands of Scotland.