James Brokenshire

  • Brokenshire: A man of integrity

    12 October 2021

    Following the death of James Brokenshire last week, his former adviser Peter Cardwell looks back at his achievements during his time as secretary of state for housing, communities and local government.

  • Former local government secretary Brokenshire dies aged 53

    08 October 2021

    Tributes have been paid to former local government secretary James Brokenshire after he died at the age of 53 from lung cancer.

  • Where’s the dirt?

    13 January 2021

    As little light reading for lockdown 3.0, Diary delved into the pages of The Secret Life of Special Advisers.

  • Brokenshire takes leave for lung surgery

    12 January 2021

    Former communities secretary James Brokenshire has stepped back from his current ministerial role to have surgery on a lung tumour.

  • New oversight body 'dead in the water' without legislation

    21 September 2020

    Sir Tony Redmond’s proposals for a new audit oversight body are ‘dead in the water’ unless the Government devotes some legislative time, a former Section 151 officer has warned.

  • No going back on audit

    15 September 2020

    Heather Jameson talks to the author of The Redmond Review Sir Tony Redmond about the flaws in local government audit, the need for a new body to manage, oversee and regulate – and what will happen if his recommendations aren’t implemented quickly.

  • Cardwell’s well chilled

    02 September 2020

    Tongues have been wagging among ex-colleagues of Peter Cardwell after he announced he was writing a book on his three-and-a-half-year stint as a special adviser.

  • Grenfell-style cladding remains on 243 buildings

    13 August 2020

    Hundreds of buildings are still clad in the same material that led to the spread of the Grenfell Tower fire.

  • Enforcement looms over Grenfell-style cladding towers

    17 January 2020

    Plans are yet to be put forward to remove potentially dangerous Grenfell-style cladding on dozens of tower blocks.

  • Council pledges to stop housing residents outside borough

    18 September 2019

    A London authority has announced it is to end out-of-borough temporary housing placements.

  • Stinging criticism over ministry's double rates error

    16 September 2019

    Labour has launched a scathing attack as the Government continues to drag its heels over resolving repeated errors in the business rates formula.

  • Councils face more funding uncertainty

    14 August 2019

    ‘Indicative numbers’ for the amount councils will receive in 2020/21 will not be published before next month’s Spending Review, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has admitted after it missed a self-imposed deadline.

  • Herts and Veolia end incinerator contract

    08 August 2019

    A contract between Hertfordshire CC and Veolia to build an incinerator has been terminated after repeatedly failing to gain planning permission.

  • Brokenshire leaves Cabinet after Johnson arrival

    24 July 2019

    Local government secretary James Brokenshire has announced he will be ‘heading to the backbenches’.

  • Brokenshire in unitary unanimity move

    23 July 2019

    Future unitary bids will only be considered if they are ‘coalescing around a single option,’ the Government has confirmed.

  • Criticism over pace of change at Grenfell council

    18 July 2019

    ‘Strategic weaknesses’ are preventing Kensington and Chelsea LBC from becoming a ‘high performing’ council, according to a panel.

  • The uncertainty principle

    17 July 2019

    Simone Hines says that when the variables are so great – e.g. a full business rates reset or no reset – 'it’s still hard to know where to pitch our financial position to members'.

  • Standards bearer

    17 July 2019

    As communities secretary James Brokenshire launched a review of the local government audit regime, he spoke to Heather Jameson about his plans to drive governance and performance

  • Can we have both quality and quantity in new homes?

    17 July 2019

    Michael Burton asks: 'Is it any wonder that the public are suspicious of the planning system when they see little benefit other than shoddy new estates and overloaded public services?'

  • Brokenshire unveils audit review

    10 July 2019

    Details of an independent review that will look at the impact of reforms to local government audit were today announced by communities secretary James Brokenshire.