James Brokenshire appointed as minister for crime, security and counter-terrorism

Security and counter-terrorism minister James Brokenshire - pic: Home Office

James Brokenshire MP, formerly minister for crime prevention and anti-social behaviour reduction, has been appointed crime and security minister in the Home Office.

He takes over from Baroness Neville-Jones who stepped down from the position on Monday.

Brokenshire will be responsible for security and counter-terrorism in the Home Office, said Home Secretary Theresa May.

Baroness Angela Browning has joined the department as minister for crime prevention and anti-social behaviour reduction. This brief includes responsibility for the drugs strategy, licensing, community activism and football safety.

Baroness Browning will also lead all Home Office business in the House of Lords.

Commenting on James Brokenshire’s new role, Home Secretary Theresa May said: “Maintaining public safety and security remains my top priority and I will continue to take the lead for the department in ensuring the UK’s national security and counter-terrorism strategy responds to the evolving terrorist threat.

“To support me in this important work I am pleased to announce that James Brokenshire will be taking on the role of parliamentary under secretary for crime and security.”

Brokenshire is MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup. He succeeded Derek Conway who stepped down from the seat after he was judged to have misused public funds in employing his son as a researcher.

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