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Karen Bradley named new NI secretary

From BBC - January 8, 2018

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley is to take over from James Brokenshire as Northern Ireland secretary.

Her appointment follows the resignation of James Brokenshire due to health reasons.

Mrs Bradley, 47, has been the MP for Staffordshire Moorlands since May 2010, and became a Home Office minister in 2014.

She has been culture secretary since July 2016.

It is the second time she has replaced Mr Brokenshire in the cabinet after inheriting his position as the minister for security in February 2014,a post based in the Home Office - where Theresa May was the secretary of state.

Mrs Bradley inherits a difficult situation in Northern Ireland, with Tuesday marking one year since the collapse of the devolved government at Stormont.

Last January, Sinn Fin's late deputy first minister Martin McGuinness resigned from the governing coalition in protest against the Democratic Unionist Party's handling of a botched green energy scheme.

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