|Minister of State for
Security and Immigration
8 February 2014
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||Mark Harper(as Minister of State for Immigration)|
|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Crime and Security|
11 May 2011 – 8 February 2014
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||Lady Neville-Jones|
|Succeeded by||Karen Bradley(as Minister for Modern Slavery and Organised Crime)|
|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Crime Reduction|
11 May 2010 – 1 May 2011
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Succeeded by||Lady Browning
(as Minister of State for Crime Prevention)
|Member of Parliament
for Old Bexley and Sidcup
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Derek Conway|
|Member of Parliament
5 May 2005 – 6 May 2010
|Preceded by||John Cryer|
|Succeeded by||constituency abolished|
7 January 1968 |
Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England
|Spouse(s)||Cathrine Mamelok (1999–present)|
|Children||Sophie, Jemma, Benjamin|
|Alma mater||University of Exeter
London Guildhall University
James Peter Brokenshire (born 7 January 1968) is an English politician. He has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Old Bexley and Sidcup since 2010, and Minister for Security and Immigration at the Home Office that grants him a seat on the National Security Council. He is a member of the centre-right Conservative Party.
Born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, Brokenshire studied law at the University of Exeter before beginning work with a large international law firm. Deciding on a career in politics, he stood successfully as the Conservative candidate for the parliamentary constituency of Hornchurch in the 2005 general election. When his constituency was abolished in the boundary changes, he sought out another constituency to represent, failing to be selected in six constituencies until being selected for Old Bexley and Sidcup. He was elected MP for the area in 2010, on a campaign devoted to preventing the closure of accident and emergency services at Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, a policy on which he was unsuccessful.
In the cabinet of Prime Minister David Cameron, he was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary for Crime Reduction, although in May 2011 was transferred to the position of Parliamentary Under Secretary for Crime and Security. In these two positions he oversaw the closure and privatisation of the Forensic Science Service and championed the Modern Slavery Bill. In February 2014, he was appointed Minister for Security and Immigration.
- 1 Early life and career
- 2 Political career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Early life and career
Brokenshire was born on 8 January 1968, in the town of Southend-on-Sea, Essex. He was educated at Davenant Foundation Grammar School in Loughton and then at the Cambridge Centre for Sixth-form Studies. He went on to gain a degree in law at the University of Exeter.
Brokenshire subsequently worked as a partner in a large international law firm. In this position, he advised companies, businesses, and financial institutions on company law, mergers, acquisitions, and corporate finance transactions.
Member of parliament for Hornchurch
He was first elected at the 2005 general election to the parliamentary constituency of Hornchurch, defeating the Labour candidate and incumbent member John Cryer by 480 votes. The election itself resulted in a third successive term for Prime Minister Tony Blair and the Labour government.
Brokenshire was aware that his constituency, Hornchurch, was to be dissolved for the next election. In November 2006, he applied for selection as the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Witham in Essex, but he was defeated by Priti Patel. He simultaneously campaigned to be selected as Conservative candidate for the constituency of Hornchurch and Upminster, but in March 2007 was defeated there by Angela Watkinson.
Member of parliament for Old Bexley and Sidcup
Derek Conway, the member for the Conservative safe seat of Old Bexley and Sidcup in southeast London, was embroiled in an expenses scandal and forced to resign, after which Brokenshire put his name forward as a potential replacement. His competitors for the seat were Rebecca Harris, Katie Lindsay, and Julia Manning, and he was successful in gaining the selection for the seat in June 2008. As a result, he was accused of being a "serial carpetbagger" by a local single issue party, Independents to Save Queen Mary's Hospital. In the May 2010 general election, Brokenshire was elected for Old Bexley and Sidcup with 24,625 votes (53.93%), beating the Labour candidate Rick Everitt, in second place with 8,768 votes (19.21%). Voter turnout was 69.13%. Upon victory, Brokenshire announced that as per his pre-election pledges, his priority would be to prevent the proposed closure of accident and emergency services at local Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup.
Parliamentary Under Secretary for Crime Reduction
With no party gaining an overall majority in the House of Commons, the election resulted in the formation of a coalition government consisting of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties, led by Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron. The new government appointed Brokenshire as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Crime Reduction in the Home Office. One of his first moves was to initiate the closing of the United Kingdom's Forensic Science Service; it had been making operational losses of £2 million a month, and was predicted to go into administration in early 2011. Brokenshire stated his desire that there would be "no continuing state interest in a forensics provider by March 2012", with the service's role being taken on by private enterprise. Critics asserted that this move would result in the loss of hundreds of jobs and the degradation of forensic research and criminal justice, with an MPs enquiry chaired by Labour MP Andrew Miller criticising the manner in which the closure had been overseen.
In August 2010, Brokenshire called for the government to adopt a new approach to the war on drugs in Britain; he argued that they should focus on getting addicts off drugs, rather than minimising the effects of drug use, as the preceding Labour government had focused on.
Parliamentary Under Secretary for Crime and Security
In May 2011, Brokenshire's Home Office brief was changed from Crime Reduction to Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Crime and Security following the resignation of Baroness Neville-Jones, although he was not appointed to the more senior rank of Minister of State. In this position, he was responsible for updating plans to tackle terror content online. A move seen as controversial by broadband companies and freedom of speech groups.
In the buildup to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, he stated his belief that the games would be a "great success", largely due to the government's security measures. He also commented that "I think it will bring Bexley together and the torch relay will be a fantastic event for the community... I'm quite sure it will have a lasting impression."
In October 2013, Brokenshire published a draft of a proposed Modern Slavery Bill, designed to tackle slavery in the UK He was quoted as saying that the Bill will "send the strongest possible message to criminals that if you are involved in this disgusting trade in human beings, you will be arrested, you will be prosecuted and you will be locked up." Experts in the issue were sceptical of the Bill, believing that it had many shortcomings and was designed largely to enhance Theresa May's career.
Minister of State for Security and Immigration
- Johnson, Wesley (12 May 2011). "James Brokenshire takes on security role". Independent. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
- "James Brokenshire MP". BBC News. 2013. Archived from the original on 21 January 2014.
- "James Brokenshire". The Huffington Post. date not published. Archived from the original on 21 January 2014.
- his Who's who entry says "Solicitor with Jones Day Gouldens, 1991–2005"
- . The Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1534854/Tories-pick-British-Asian-woman-in-safe-seat.html. Missing or empty
- . ConservativeHome http://conservativehome.blogs.com/goldlist/2007/03/angela_watkinso.html. Missing or empty
- "James Brokenshire – SERIAL CARPETBAGGER". Independents to Save Queen Mary's Hospital. Archived from the original on 21 December 2014.
- "The four finalists for Old Bexley and Sidcup". ConservativeHome. 29 June 2008. Archived from the original on 21 January 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
- "James Brokenshire MP selected for Old Bexley & Sidcup". ConservativeHome. 1 July 2008. Archived from the original on 21 January 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
- Piper, Linda (7 May 2010). "VOTE 2010: Brokenshire wins Old Bexley & Sidcup". Newshopper.
- "Forensic Science Service to be wound up with hundreds of jobs lost". The Guardian. 14 December 2014.
- Johnson, Wesley (14 December 2010). "Forensic science service to be wound up". The Independent.
- Rincon, Paul (4 July 2011). "Forensic Science Service closure plan criticised by MPs". BBC News.
- "We need to be more ambitious in the war on drugs, says minister". The Guardian. 23 August 2010.
- "'Olympics will be a Success' says Old Bexley and Sidcup MP James Brokenshire". Newshopper. 19 December 2011.
- Draft Modern Slavery Bill – Joint Select Committee information on UK Parliament website and text of draft bill.
- Wood, Helois (18 October 2013). "Old Bexley and Sidcup MP James Brokenshire announces plans to help end human trafficking". Newshopper.
- "Government's Modern Slavery Bill will 'fail victims and spare criminals'". The Independent. 14 December 2013.
- Wood, Heloise (14 January 2014). "Old Bexley and Sidcup MP calls for Network Rail to make improvements". Newshopper.
- Marriage – information from Who's who.
- MacFarlane, Tim (17 March 2013). "Brokenshire backs Cancer Research UK's Cell Slider website". Newshopper.
- Guardian Unlimited Politics – Ask Aristotle: James Brokenshire MP
- TheyWorkForYou.com – James Brokenshire MP
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Hornchurch
|Member of Parliament for Old Bexley and Sidcup