Former Prime Minister David Cameron has expressed his desire to support Prime Minister Rishi Sunak during challenging times after his significant return to the government in a major cabinet reshuffle. Cameron, accepting a peerage, has assumed the role of foreign secretary, replacing James Cleverly, whom Sunak appointed as home secretary after dismissing Suella Braverman.
In an unconventional move, Cameron acknowledged that it’s “not usual” for a former prime minister to make a comeback. However, in the face of daunting challenges in the Middle East and Ukraine, he believes his experience can be beneficial to Sunak’s government. Cameron emphasized that he joined the team driven by his belief that Sunak is a capable prime minister navigating difficult circumstances, and he wants to provide support.
Discussions with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken
Following his appointment, David Cameron engaged in discussions with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, addressing topics such as the conflict in the Middle East, Israel’s right to self-defense, humanitarian pauses for aid in Gaza, and continued support for Ukraine, emphasizing the strength and depth of the UK-US relationship.
Suella Braverman’s dismissal triggered the reshuffle, as she accused the Metropolitan Police of bias in handling protests.Sunak, facing challenges in the polls, emphasized the need for a “united team” and acknowledged differences in style between Braverman and himself.
During the Lord Mayor’s Banquet in London, Sunak highlighted the deeply challenging global circumstances and the UK government’s significant role in shaping events. He praised the achievements in British foreign policy and welcomed the new foreign secretary, Lord Cameron.
The reshuffle also saw key changes, with Steve Barclay taking over as environment secretary, Victoria Atkins becoming health secretary, and Richard Holden replacing Greg Hands as Tory party chairman. Notable members such as Chancellor Jeremy Hunt, Defence Secretary Grant Shapps, and Education Secretary Gillian Keegan retained their positions.
Cameron’s appointment surprised Westminster, marking the first time a former prime minister has re-entered government since the 1970s. The move, along with the removal of Braverman, may deepen divisions within the Conservative Party, with concerns raised about potential vote loss to the Reform party.