James Brokenshire was my friend and I shall miss him. I have hesitated to post anything as it is difficult to know quite how to capture on Facebook the essence of a man like James. Many others have managed to do so and one of the benefits of waiting has been the opportunity to read of the genuine grief and sense of loss from friends, colleagues of all political hues and those whose life he touched through his Parliamentary work. I cannot begin to imagine how truly ghastly this time must be for Cathy and their children but I do hope they can take comfort from this outpouring of love for James. He was a thoroughly decent man, a quality some may say is rare in politics, which is one of the reasons so many people have written of their sadness at his passing. Un-showy, diligent, effective and hard-working were all true of James; government and politics need more people like him. He leaves a legacy of achievement, the greatest of which is his family. James we loved you and will miss you.