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David Cameron back as Foreign Secretary after Rishi Sunak sacked Suella Braverman in major reshuffle

DAVID Cameron today made a sensational comeback to frontline politics as Foreign Secretary.

In a dramatic twist, the 57-year-old ex-PM was granted a peerage by King Charles this morning, enabling him to step into the coveted role.

Mr Cameron replaced James Cleverly, who has taken over from Suella Braverman as Britain's new Home Secretary.

In a statement announcing his shock return, the ex-PM said: "We are facing a daunting set of international challenges, including the war in Ukraine and the crisis in the Middle East.

"At this time of profound global change, it has rarely been more important for this country to stand by our allies, strengthen our partnerships and make sure our voice is heard."

He added: "While I have been out of front-line politics for the last seven years, I hope that my experience – as Conservative Leader for eleven years and Prime Minister for six – will assist me in helping the Prime Minister to meet these vital challenges."

Mr Sunak rushed to anoint Mr Cameron with a peerage so he could step into the role.

Because Mr Cameron is not an MP, he is only allowed to return to the Cabinet if he becomes a member of the House of Lords.

With the approval of King Charles, the former PM is now a Barony of the United Kingdom for life.

Ms Braverman was sacked early this morning after being accused of fuelling violent Armistice Day clashes by slamming Met Police chiefs.

Amid speculation of quitting the Cabinet, Jeremy Hunt will stay on as Chancellor.

A No10 spokesperson said: "This reshuffle will give the PM a united team to deliver the change this country needs for the long term."

Mr Cameron’s return as Foreign Secretary marks an extraordinary comeback for a politician widely believed to be yesterday’s man

Mr Sunak will hope to draw on his wealth of experience, often overshadowed by his legacy-defining Brexit gamble.

Responding to the shock comeback, Pat McFadden MP, Labour’s National Campaign Coordinator, said: “A few weeks ago, Rishi Sunak said David Cameron was part of a failed status quo, now he’s bringing him back as his life raft.

“This puts to bed the Prime Minister's laughable claim to offer change from 13 years of Tory failure.”

Ex-PM Theresa May, Mr Cameron's successor in No10, said: "Congratulations to David Cameron on his return to government.

"His immense experience on the international stage will be invaluable at this time of great uncertainty in our world.

"Looking forward to working together again!"

Former Health Secretary Matt Hancock added: "Brilliant decision by the PM to make David Cameron Foreign Secretary.

"Superb for Britain - bringing his experience to guide us through difficult times.

"Excellent for the Conservatives, showing Rishi Sunak will fight the election on the centre ground."

Shadow Foreign Secretary David Lammy said: "David Cameron was a disastrous PM.

"This is a last gasp act of desperation from a government devoid of talent and ideas.

"Amid international crisis, Sunak has chosen an unelected failure from the past who MPs cannot even hold to account.

"Only Labour offers the change we need."

It comes as the PM today sparked a fresh Tory civil war and sent the right of the party into meltdown as he sacked Ms Braverman.

DAVID Cameron’s return as Foreign Secretary marks an extraordinary comeback for a politician widely believed to be yesterday’s man.

After calling and losing the Brexit referendum in 2016, he fell on his sword to quit both as PM and an MP.

For a while he appeared to have vanished without trace - famously provoking a foul-mouthed rant from Danny Dyer as having left the country in the lurch with his “trotters up”.

His only glimpse of the limelight was negative headlines surrounding his relationship with dodgy financier Lex Greensill But Mr Cameron had retired as one of youngest ex-PMs in history and clearly felt he had more to give when he told pals in 2018 he was “bored s***less”.

Allies even suggested he could become Foreign Secretary - an offer now grasped years later by Rishi Sunak.

The PM will hope to draw on his wealth of experience, often overshadowed by his legacy-defining Brexit gamble.

After a period as a government adviser in the John Major years, Cameron rose the ranks in opposition to become Tory leader in 2005.

He secured the most votes in 2010 but fell short of a full-out majority, striking an historic coalition deal with Nick Clegg’s Lib Dems.

Gambling and winning two referendums on voting reform and Scottish independence, he fought the 2015 election on shoring up the economy and vowing to hold an EU referendum.

Sneaking a narrow Tory majority and cutting the Lib Dems loose, he held the in/out vote in 2016 advocating to Remain.

During the campaign he angered Brexiteer Tories for scaremongering with “Project Fear” doomsday warnings.

And so when the people went the other way, Mr Cameron felt he had no choice but to quit, waving goodbye to No10 with his wife Samantha and three children.

Until now…

Ex-minister Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg fumed: “Firing her is a mistake – she understood what the country wanted and needed in terms of migration, and I think it raises questions about the seriousness of the Government in tackling illegal migration”

A No 10 source said the PM "asked Suella Braverman to leave Government and she has accepted".

Over the weekend, Ms Braverman came out swinging amid growing calls for her to quit.

But today she said: "It has been the greatest privilege of my life to serve as home secretary."

She added: "I will have more to say in due course."

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly was seen entering No 10 following news of Mrs Braverman’s exit.

The departing Foreign Secretary is the first appointment in a sweeping shake-up of his top team by the PM currently underway.

News of Mrs Braverman’s exit came as defence minister James Heappey was touring broadcast studios.

Minutes before she was sacked, he had told LBC that Mr Sunak and his team in No 10 had been "very clear she (Mrs Braverman) has his confidence and, in that sense, one would imagine that she will continue".

David Cameron in government

David Cameron swept into Downing Street in 2010 as he became Prime Minister in the coalition government.

The Tories fell short of an overall majority and needed the support of Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg to form a government.

His government pushed ahead with a policy of austerity - the cutting of budgets in the public sector - in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.

Highlights of the pact included the deficit halving as a share of GDP and growth of 2.6 per cent.

He also took on a personal project crusade of driving through same sex marriage despite opposition of his own MPs.

Political commentators were convinced the coalition wouldn’t last but it lasted up until the 2015 election.

As part of his re-election bid, he promised to hold an In-out referendum on European Union membership after huge pressure from the right of the party and the advance of Ukip.

He lost the referendum in June 2023 and quit the following day.

But he was told on air during an ITV's Good Morning Britain interview that she had been sacked, leaving him to say: "Your viewers will be enjoying my discomfort, but it is in this case difficult to offer commentary when I just don’t know what is going on."

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey said: "Suella Braverman was never fit to be Home Secretary. Rishi Sunak knew this and he still appointed her.

"It was the Prime Minister’s sheer cowardice that kept her in the job even for this long.

"We are witnessing a broken party and a broken Government, both of which are breaking this country."

Sacked Home Secretary Suella Braverman leaving her home this morning Credit: Reuters

PM Rishi Sunak

Credit: thesun


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