In a surprising move, former prime minister David Cameron has made a comeback to the UK government as the foreign secretary.
The move follows the sacking of home secretary Suella Braverman earlier today, with James Cleverly now assuming her position.
This unexpected return is part of a reshuffle by prime minister Rishi Sunak, who appears to be seeing to boost his political standing.
Cameron has accepted a peerage to rejoin the government. He expressed the importance of standing by allies and addressing global challenges on X (formerly known as Twitter).
He 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.
“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.”
Sunak’s choice to reintroduce Cameron is expected to appease moderates within the Conservative party who have expressed concern over Braverman’s right-wing stance on issues like immigration, policing, and homelessness.
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.”
On the announcement of his new position, new home secretary James Cleverly said: “In that time I’ve worked very closely with the home office cracking down on illegal migration and reducing the number of small boat arrivals.
“Now as home secretary I’m absolutely committed to stopping small boats as promised and making sure everyone in the UK feels safe and secure going about their daily basis. It’s a fantastic job.”
Minister Jesse Norman has quit his role in the Department for Transport. He says he gave notice to the government whips “several months ago”.
Will Quince has also resigned from the Department of Health and Social Care.
Schools minister Nick Gibb says he will resign and step down as an MP at the next election.