Secretary Of State Committed To Restoring Devolution In NI

Karen Bradley arrives at 10 Downing Street as Prime Minister Theresa May reshuffles her cabinet

"The new Secretary of State must also be a strong advocate for the region's economic interests - ensuring Northern Ireland's unique vulnerability to a "no deal" Brexit is fully understood across the corridors of Whitehall".

While DUP Leader Arlene has said Northern Ireland will end up under Westminster rule if Sinn Féin do not remove their red lines.

Ms Bradley was born in the Moorlands in 1970.

SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood MLA met with Mrs Bradley and discussed a constructive way forward.

Her schedule today also includes face-to-face meetings with the leaders of the DUP and Sinn Féin.

Earlier, Mrs Bradley said that it was fitting that her first visit to Northern Ireland was to the Titanic Quarter, as it represented NI's past and future.

"An independent chair, a different venue isn't going to change what we have to do here and what we have to do here is get devolution back for the people of Northern Ireland, and I think frankly all the rest is window dressing", she said.

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

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Mr Brokenshire revealed that he requires surgery for a lesion on his lung, and intends to take a number of weeks off before returning to politics.

"It is now a year since Northern Ireland has had an effective, functioning power-sharing administration, and forming a Northern Ireland Executive, to deliver for the benefit of all, is my top priority". She attended her local comprehensive school in Buxton and later studied maths at Imperial College London.

"We have made it clear to the secretary of state that if Sinn Féin continues to block the restoration of devolution then a return to direct rule is an unfortunate, but inevitable outcome and the Government must move to appoint ministers".

Prior to working in politics, Ms Bradley spent 20 years working in business, with roles as an accountant and tax manager for firms including KPMG and Deloitte & Touche.

He was elected at the 2005 general election to the now dissolved constituency of Hornchurch'.

Her website states that during this role she secured the passing of the 2015 Modern Slavery Act, which it describes as a "landmark piece of legislation" that will protect people from enforced labour.

In Theresa May's first cabinet reshuffle in July 2016, Bradley was appointed as the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

Her tenure was dominated by her decision to refer Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox's takeover bid for Sky to the media and competition regulators.

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