• Tuesday, November 28, 2023


Former PM David Cameron makes a comeback, becomes UK’s new foreign secretary

The Conservative leader, who was the premier at the time of Brexit referendum and quit after losing it, replaced James Cleverly who became the new home secretary.

Former British prime minister David Cameron (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

By: Shubham Ghosh

FORMER prime minister David Cameron made a major political comeback on Monday (13) when he was appointed as the country’s new foreign secretary, succeeded James Cleverly who was became the new home secretary replacing Suella Braverman after she was sacked for questioning the police over their handling of a recent pro-Palestine march in London.

The 57-year-old Cameron was the premier between 2010 and 2016 when he quit after losing the Brexit referendum the same year. On his appointment, Cameron said while he disagreed with some individual decisions, he was convinced about prime minister Rishi Sunak’s ability, calling him “strong and capable”.

The former prime minister said he has “gladly accepted” the post offered to him saying the UK is “facing a daunting set of international challenges, including the war in Ukraine and the crisis in the Middle East”.

He said at such a moment, it has become more important for London to stand by its allies and ensure that its voice is heard.

Cameron expressed hope that his years of experience as a Conservative leader and the prime minister will help him in aiding Sunak to meet various challenges.

In a post on X, he said, “The Prime Minister has asked me to serve as his Foreign Secretary and I have gladly accepted.

“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.”

The office of Sunak said King Charles III had given a nod to Cameron’s membership of the House of Lords, allowing him to return to the British government as a minister. The former premier is not an elected member to the UK parliament.

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