Former Conservative prime minister David Cameron has made a surprise comeback into government following his appointment as foreign secretary by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s cabinet in a cabinet reshuffle.
The stunning move will see the Tory grandee – who occupied No 10 between 2010 and 2016 – enter the Lords so he can take up one of the top jobs in government, The Independent UK reports.
James Cleverly has been made home secretary after Suella Braverman was sacked by Mr Sunak after she accused the police of bias in handling pro-Palestinian protests.
A No 10 source said Mr Sunak had asked Ms Braverman “to leave government and she has accepted”, with Mr Cleverly moving from the Foreign Office to the Home Office.
The Conservatives said Mr Sunak is carrying out a wider reshuffle which “strengthens his team in government to deliver long-term decisions for a brighter future”.
Labour said the surprise return of Mr Cameron made Mr Sunak’s claim to be the change candidate “laughable”.
Sir Keir Starmer’s national campaign co-ordinator Pat McFadden 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,” he added.