James Brokenshire took leave in January after his cancer returned (Picture: Getty)
Tory MP James Brokenshire has stepped down from his cabinet position, stating his recovery from lung cancer is ‘taking longer than expected’.
In a letter to Boris Johnson, he said he was resigning as a security minister because he needed to focus on his health.
The Old Bexley and Sidcup MP had his right lung removed as part of his treatment in February this year.
In his letter he thanked the Prime Minister for his support during the treatment and praised the ‘truly amazing’ medics who have been working with him.
‘My recovery from treatment and return to full duties is, however, taking longer than anticipated,’ he wrote.
‘Given my responsibilities to the public, the Government and to Parliament, I have therefore concluded that it is best that I stand down from my ministerial role and focus on restoring my health.’
Mr Brokenshire was diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer in 2017 after noticing blood in his cough.
The dad-of-three had an operation to remove the upper lobe of his right lung and returned to Parliament five weeks later.
But in January this year he announced that he would be taking a leave of absence for a further cancer operation following a ‘frustrating resurgence’ of the disease.
The MP, who has never smoked, said he hopes to be able to ‘serve again in some way in the future’.
Mr Johnson responded by offering his full support and to wish a ‘speedy return to full health’.
The Prime Minister added: ‘I understand entirely your need to step down from your role but look forward to welcoming you back as soon as possible.’
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