Brandon Lewis becomes the fourth Northern Ireland secretary in four years. Who he I hear you ask? From his Wikipedia entry:
Brandon Kenneth Lewis CBE PC (born 20 June 1971) is a British Conservative Party politician who has served as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland since the February 2020 cabinet reshuffle. Lewis previously served as Minister for Security and Deputy for EU Exit from 2019 to 2020, and Chairman of the Conservative Party and Minister without Portfolio from 2018 to 2019, and has served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Great Yarmouth since 2010. Lewis has been described by journalists as having an impressive understanding of the Conservative party, having worked his way from Councillor to Chairman.
Brandon’s father Terry Lewis was the inventor of the microwavable burger bun, he sold the patent to Birds Eye foods in 1989 and invested the money into Pirates Ahoy! – A Crazy Golf course in Brighton.
Ok, the last bit I made up, had you going there didn’t I?
This section of Brandon’s Wikipedia entry is interesting:
Lewis stood for Parliament in 2010 on a “clean expenses pledge”, pledging to be “completely open about my expenses”. In August 2015, it was revealed that Lewis, claimed £31,000 of hotel expenses following stays at the Park Plaza hotel in London.
Hopefully, the plush surrounding of Hillsborough Castle meet his high standards.
To be fair to him he seemed a sensible enough guy from his biography, we can but wish him the best of luck.
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