Tributes have been paid to former communities secretary, James Brokenshire, after he died at the age of 53 from lung cancer.
Mr Brokenshire - who served as secretary of state for housing, communities and local government from 2018 to 2019 - was first diagnosed with lung cancer in 2018 and was forced to step down from Government earlier this year to focus on his treatment.
A statement issued today on behalf of his family said: 'James was not only a brilliant Government minister as both security and immigration minister at the Home Office and secretary of state at the Northern Ireland Office and Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, but a dedicated constituency MP , first for Hornchurch from 2005 to 2010, and then for Old Bexley and Sidcup for the past 11 years.
'But most importantly, he was a loving father to his three children, a devoted husband to his wife Cathy and a faithful friend to many.'
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has paid tribute to the 'nicest, kindest and most unassuming of politicians'.
Desperately sad to hear the news about James Brokenshire.— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) October 8, 2021
James was the nicest, kindest and most unassuming of politicians but also extraordinarily effective.
Chanceller Rishi Sunak also said he was a man of the 'highest integrity'.
James Brokenshire was a man of public service and the highest integrity. He was a valued friend and colleague and will be deeply missed.— Rishi Sunak (@RishiSunak) October 8, 2021
My thoughts are with his family on this incredibly sad day.
Cllr Tim Oliver, chairman of the County Councils Network, said: 'He was kind, thoughtful, and engaging: working closely with the sector to represent our interests within government. On behalf of the County Councils Network’s member councils across the country I would like to pass on my sincere condolences to his family.'