His family said in a statement that former Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Broken Hill has passed away at the age of 53.The former lawyer was appointed Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Affairs in July 2016, but resigned in January 2018 due to health reasons after he revealed that he needed to undergo surgery on a “small lesion” in his lungs.
Old Bedley and Sidcup MPs revealed in August this year that he was receiving new treatments after his lung cancer “progressed.”Mr. Broken Hill’s family said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened to announce that MP James Broken Hill has passed away at the age of 53.”James passed away peacefully at Darrend Valley Hospital last night, with his family at his bedside. He has been in the hospital since Sunday since his condition deteriorated rapidly.
James is not only an outstanding government minister, he is also the Minister of Security and Immigration at the Ministry of the Interior and the Secretary of State for the Office of Northern Ireland and the Ministry of Housing, Community and Local Government.
He is also a dedicated constituency councillor. He served as Hornchurch for the first time from 2005 to 2010. Then there is Old Bexley & Sidcup for the past 11 years.”But the most important thing is that he is the loving father of three children, Cathy’s loyal husband, and a loyal friend of many people.
“We would like to thank all the staff of the NHS, especially the staff of Gay and St Thomas Hospital in London, who have taken care of James with such enthusiasm, diligence and professionalism over the past three and a half years.”We also hope to respect our privacy as a family at this time.”British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that he was “very sad” when he heard the news of Mr. Broken Hill’s death.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer Rich Sunak wrote on Twitter: “James Brokenhill is a man of public service and the highest integrity. He is an important friend and colleague who will be deeply missed. .”On this incredibly sad day, my heart is with his family.
“The Labour Party leader Sir Kil Stammer wrote on Twitter: “James Brokenhill is a very decent man who is very efficient and conscientious in all his briefings.”He fought the disease with dignity and bravery. I was very sad to learn of his death and expressed condolences to his wife and children.”