Ex-PM David Cameron makes shocking comeback as UK Foreign Secretary

Cameron took the new role after James Cleverly, who was foreign secretary, replaced Suella Braverman as the home secretary

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Former Prime Minister David Cameron is returning to front-line government as Britain's new foreign secretary - NPR Pic
Former Prime Minister David Cameron is returning to front-line government as Britain's new foreign secretary - NPR Pic

LONDON — Former Prime Minister David Cameron was appointed as the new United Kingdom foreign secretary in a Cabinet reshuffle on Monday.

Cameron, who led the government between 2010 to 2016, was appointed by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in a Cabinet shuffle in which he sacked Suella Braverman earlier in the day, who drew anger for accusing police of being too lenient with pro-Palestinian protesters.

He took the new role after James Cleverly, who was foreign secretary, replaced Suella Braverman as the home secretary.

King Charles III has confirmed Cameron as a life peer in the House of Lords, enabling him to take up the post as he is currently not a Member of Parliament (MP).

Vital challenges

Cameron said Sunak has asked him to serve as foreign secretary and he has “gladly accepted.”

Cameron also said Britain was “facing a daunting set of international challenges, including the war in Ukraine and the crisis in the Middle East.”

“While I have been out of front-line politics for the last seven years, I hope that my experience — as Conservative leader for 11 years and prime minister for six — will assist me in helping the prime minister to meet these vital challenges,” he said in a statement.

Imran Hussain, Labour MP for Bradford East however, said that bringing Cameron back into the government shows that the Conservative Party is “completely out of ideas and utterly out of touch.”

Controversial remarks on pro-Palestinian marchers

Scotland’s First Minister Humza Yousaf, who earlier called on her to resign, said: “There should be a General Election now.”

“Never has someone been so unfit for public office as Suella Braverman … The Tories are out of ideas and out of time, there should be a General Election now,” he wrote on X.

The sacking came after a row over her controversial remarks on pro-Palestinian protests and her article in The Times newspaper that met with massive criticism. 

Earlier, she had called pro-Palestine protests in the UK “hate marches.”

In an article in The Times, she said: “I do not believe that these marches are merely a cry for help for Gaza.”

She also accused the Metropolitan Police of “playing favourites” with protesters, after the London police force decided not to seek a ban on a planned march on Armistice Day.

Braverman, after being removed from the government, said: “It has been the greatest privilege of my life to serve as home secretary. I will have more to say in due course.” 

She is the Conservative Party MP for Fareham, and was in office from September 2022. — Malaysiaxpress

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