"If it is, it will be a testament to the quiet, understated but hugely valuable work of James Brokenshire". I trust James will have the surgery he needs and will make a full recovery.
His decision to quit will be seen as a major blow for Prime Minister Theresa May as she embarked on a much trumpeted reshuffle of her team of ministers.
In a letter to Mrs May, Mr Brokenshire outlined how a small lesion has been discovered on his right lung during tests and surgery will be carried out.
"A key part of my role will be to help build a Northern Ireland that is fit for the future and works for everyone", she said.
UK's Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire resigned Monday, citing health grounds for his unexpected decision.
Despite studious efforts by Brokenshire to be seen as an honest broker, some of the parties said a deal by the DUP previous year to prop up May's government made this impossible.
He said: "I think that there is a duty and responsibility on them now to get back into an Executive, back into devolved government and get on with serving the people of Northern Ireland". Even a writer for the Tory-friendly magazine The Spectator agrees, labelling his performance in the north as "hapless" and describing the 50-year-old as "out of his depth".
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The Staffordshire Moorlands MP - who was brought up in Buxton - moves from her previous role as United Kingdom culture secretary, which she had held since 2016.
In 2016 she was handed the role of Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in Theresa May's cabinet, having previously served in the Government Whips' Office and as a Home Office minister.
He was elected at the 2005 general election to the now dissolved constituency of Hornchurch'. He was not among ministers who were predicted to go in the reshuffle.
James Brokenshire was Northern Ireland Secretary from July 2016 to January 2018Who is James Brokenshire? "Business-friendly" was one description, however, beyond that they found it hard to characterise the former immigration minister.
However, Education Secretary Justine Greening, Conservative Party chairman Sir Patrick McLoughlin, Business Secretary Greg Clark and the Leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom are among those reported to be vulnerable.
Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth said yesterday: "If she promotes this Health Secretary tomorrow it's a betrayal of those 75,000 people in the back of ambulances".