Fellow politicians have paid tribute to Tory MP James Brokenshire, who has actually died aged 53, having been diagnosed with lung cancer more than three years ago.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the dad of 3, a former Northern Ireland secretary, as the “best, kindest” associate.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer called him “a thoroughly good man”.
Mr Brokenshire, a lifelong non-smoker, stood down as a Home Office minister previously this year.
He died in medical facility on Thursday night, having actually been admitted after his condition deteriorated.
An MP since 2005, Mr Brokenshire served in federal government under 3 prime ministers – David Cameron, Theresa Might and Mr Johnson.
House of Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle has ordered that flags in Parliament’s New Palace Yard be flown at half-mast to mark “an extensive loss to all of us”.
Mrs Might tweeted: “Really saddened by the death of James Brokenshire. He was an exceptional public servant, a talented minister and a faithful pal.”
And Mr Johnson tweeted that it was “desperately unfortunate”, adding: “James was the nicest, kindest and most simple of politicians but also extremely reliable.”
Mr Brokenshire, who was MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup in Kent, resigned as Northern Ireland secretary in January 2018 following his lung cancer medical diagnosis, but rebounded to the cabinet a couple of months later on as housing secretary.
He lost that task in July 2019, after Mr Johnson took over from Mrs Might in 10 Downing Street.
Mr Brokenshire re-entered federal government as an Office minister in February last year, but stood down in July this year, due to poor health.
Following his death, Mr Brokenshire’s family revealed “deep unhappiness”, including: “James was not only a brilliant federal government minister … but a devoted constituency MP.
” However most significantly, he was a caring daddy to his three kids, a dedicated partner to Cathy and a loyal friend to numerous.”
The household likewise thanked NHS staff, consisting of those at Man’s & St Thomas’ healthcare facility in London, for treating Mr Brokenshire “with such heat, diligence and professionalism over the previous three-and-a-half years”.
They also shared a memorial page on his Twitter feed, which motivated individuals to share memories and images of Mr Brokenshire and to donate to the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Structure in lieu of flowers.
” In the last couple of years of his life James’s enthusiasm was to help others with lung cancer, preventing others going through what he did,” the memorial page stated, describing him as an “indefatigable campaigner for much better lung cancer screening”.
After his lung cancer diagnosis, Mr Brokenshire, a previous lawyer, worked to promote greater awareness of the illness, prompting people who revealed symptoms to get checked.
Fellow Conservative MP Karen Bradley told the BBC News Channel the news of her “understated” pal’s death was “heartbreaking”, adding: “I can’t think I’m not going to have the ability to take a seat with James once again and have a laugh about life, and chat about the issues that we both cared about.
” My ideas are with Cathy and the family, who are simply the most terrific household. I’m devastated.”
Sir Keir Starmer tweeted: “James Brokenshire was a thoroughly decent guy, devoted and effective in all briefs he held.
” He battled his health problem with self-respect and bravery. I’m exceptionally sad to discover of his death and send my acknowledgements to his better half and kids.”
The UK’s many senior civil servant, Cabinet Secretary Simon Case, said: “I had the individual benefit of working with him closely over a number of years and appreciated greatly his undeviating commitment to public service and empathy.”
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, tweeted: “So sorry to become aware of the death of James Brokenshire, whose courage and faith were an inspiration to numerous, myself consisted of.”
Prior to becoming the Old Bexley & Sidcup MP in 2010, Mr Brokenshire represented the seat of Hornchurch and Rainham, north-east London, for 5 years.
His death will trigger a Parliamentary by-election in Old Bexley and Sidcup, where he had a bulk of 18,952 at the last basic election.