Priti Patel, Rishi Sunak and Dame Cressida Dick are among mourners at funeral of James Brokenshire

Mourners as well as present and former top politicians have arrived at the funeral of Conservative MP James Brokenshire in London.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Home Secretary Priti Patel were among those at the service for the former minister, who died aged 53 earlier this month after suffering from lung cancer.

David Davis, Arlene Foster, Dame Eleanor Laing and Dame Cressida Dick were also spotted at St John The Evangelist church in Old Bexley and Sidcup.

Former Prime Minister Theresa May, under whom Mr Brokenshire held a number of ministerial jobs, was due to deliver a reading at his funeral.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Home Secretary Priti Patel (pictured) were among those who arrived at the service for the former minister, who died at 53 earlier this month after suffering from lung cancer

Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Home Secretary Priti Patel (pictured) were among those who arrived at the service for the former minister, who died at 53 earlier this month after suffering from lung cancer

Chancellor Rishi Sunak (pictured) and Home Secretary Priti Patel were among those who arrived at the service for the former minister, who died at 53 earlier this month after suffering from lung cancer

Chancellor Rishi Sunak (pictured) and Home Secretary Priti Patel were among those who arrived at the service for the former minister, who died at 53 earlier this month after suffering from lung cancer

Chancellor Rishi Sunak (right) and Home Secretary Priti Patel (left) were among those who arrived at the service for the former minister, who died at 53 earlier this month after suffering from lung cancer

Cressida Dicks removes her glove as she arrives at the church with other mourners including Robert Buckland (far right)

Cressida Dicks removes her glove as she arrives at the church with other mourners including Robert Buckland (far right)

Cressida Dicks removes her glove as she arrives at the church with other mourners including Robert Buckland (far right)

David Davis (centre, with James Cleverly), Arlene Foster, Dame Eleanor Laing and Cressida Dick were also spotted at St John The Evangelist church in Old Bexley and Sidcup

David Davis (centre, with James Cleverly), Arlene Foster, Dame Eleanor Laing and Cressida Dick were also spotted at St John The Evangelist church in Old Bexley and Sidcup

David Davis (centre, with James Cleverly), Arlene Foster, Dame Eleanor Laing and Cressida Dick were also spotted at St John The Evangelist church in Old Bexley and Sidcup

Arlene Foster arrives for the funeral of James Brokenshire at St John The Evangelist church in Bexley, south-east London, today

Arlene Foster arrives for the funeral of James Brokenshire at St John The Evangelist church in Bexley, south-east London, today

Arlene Foster arrives for the funeral of James Brokenshire at St John The Evangelist church in Bexley, south-east London, today

Former Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith is pictured as he arrived for the funeral for Mr Brokenshire on Thursday afternoon

Former Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith is pictured as he arrived for the funeral for Mr Brokenshire on Thursday afternoon

Former Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith is pictured as he arrived for the funeral for Mr Brokenshire on Thursday afternoon

Mr Brokenshire (pictured in 2018), the Conservative MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup, previously served as Northern Ireland secretary and security minister. He died on October 7

Mr Brokenshire (pictured in 2018), the Conservative MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup, previously served as Northern Ireland secretary and security minister. He died on October 7

Mr Brokenshire (pictured in 2018), the Conservative MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup, previously served as Northern Ireland secretary and security minister. He died on October 7

Last week Mr Brokenshire’s devastated family said they were ‘overwhelmed’ by the tributes and donations that have been made in his memory after he died on October 7.

His family set up a fundraising page to encourage people to share memories, photographs and donate in his memory.

His widow Cathy said feelings over his death are ‘still so raw’ but she was proud of the impact he continues to have as donations for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, one of his favoured charities, topped £45,000.

She said: ‘We are overwhelmed with the kind words, beautiful memories and generous donations people have made in memory of James, particularly from people who had never even met him but recognised what kind of man he was and what he tried to achieve throughout his life.

‘While it is still so raw at the moment, I know in time this is something we will be able to cherish.

‘We are so appreciative of the support Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation has given, both to James after his diagnosis, and to us after his death, by setting up this tribute page.

‘So, to be able to raise such an incredible amount to help the charity continue its excellent work provides a great deal of comfort and pride.’

Mr Brokenshire (pictured with wife Cathy) stepped down as Northern Ireland secretary in January 2018 on his 50th birthday, after his cancer diagnosis

Mr Brokenshire (pictured with wife Cathy) stepped down as Northern Ireland secretary in January 2018 on his 50th birthday, after his cancer diagnosis

Mr Brokenshire (pictured with wife Cathy) stepped down as Northern Ireland secretary in January 2018 on his 50th birthday, after his cancer diagnosis

In his last tweet on August 31, Mr Brokenshire shared a picture of himself on a walk with his 'amazing' wife Cathy, and said that his lung cancer had 'progressed'

In his last tweet on August 31, Mr Brokenshire shared a picture of himself on a walk with his 'amazing' wife Cathy, and said that his lung cancer had 'progressed'

In his last tweet on August 31, Mr Brokenshire shared a picture of himself on a walk with his ‘amazing’ wife Cathy, and said that his lung cancer had ‘progressed’








Mr Brokenshire, who was Tory MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup and served as Northern Ireland secretary and security minister, revealed he had lung cancer in 2018 and had surgery to remove the upper lobe of his right lung.

At the time, non-smoker Mr Brokenshire said he had been prompted to see his GP after coughing up a small amount of blood.

He became vocal in calling for national screening for lung cancer, and in April 2018 used a debate in Parliament to call for a national programme to improve poor survival rates.

Mr Brokenshire said much stigma surrounds lung cancer, with many people incorrectly believing it is only caused by smoking.

He had also backed efforts by Baroness Jowell, who died in May 2018 after suffering a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumour, for more experimental treatments to be available on the NHS.

In January, he suffered a recurrence of a tumour and later said the ‘somewhat troublesome’ lung had been removed by surgeons at Guy’s Hospital in south London.

But in August, Mr Brokenshire confirmed that his lung cancer had ‘progressed’ and he was starting a new line of treatment.

Mr Brokenshire’s family said he had been in hospital in the days before his death but his condition had rapidly deteriorated.

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