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Cabinet reshuffle 2023 | Ex-PM David Cameron made foreign secretary

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Here are two words that have been used to me about today’s reshuffle, from different folk, this morning.

"Massive" and "seismic".


Let’s see - and language at Westminster is easily inflated - but the early indications suggest these words might be entirely reasonable.


The home secretary is out. The foreign secretary is in Downing Street. And a former prime minister has turned up.


That is big bananas in reshuffle terms already.


Plus more junior ministers are indicating they are leaving - which points to this shake-up having depth as well as breadth.



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James Cleverly confirmed as new home secretary


He replaces Suella Braverman, who was sacked this morning.


Until now, Cleverly had been serving as Rishi Sunak's foreign secretary.

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David Cameron made foreign secretary


It's just been announced that David Cameron, the former prime minister, is the new foreign secretary.


Cameron replaces James Cleverly who, as we reported earlier, is the new home secretary.


This reshuffle was sparked by the sacking of Suella Braverman this morning, days after she wrote a controversial article in The Times newspaper, criticising the Met Police.


It was later confirmed she had ignored advice from No 10 to make changes to the article.

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Harder for Sunak to define himself against what came before

Henry Zeffman, BBC Chief political correspondent


As I recover from the shock of David Cameron’s return to government, I’m just thinking through some of the implications.


His diplomatic experience could signal a desire on PM Rishi Sunak’s part to focus on domestic priorities - at a time when the government is consumed by foreign crises in the Middle East and Ukraine.


There is likely to be unease, though, among some Tory China hawks given Cameron ushered in a “golden age” of UK-China relations.


There is some domestic politics to this though. Cameron may still be popular with some of the southern voters the Conservatives are losing to the Liberal Democrats.


Yet Sunak is trying to define himself against so much of what has come before, including previous Conservative governments.


That was already a bit of a challenge when he had figures like Jeremy Hunt and Michael Gove, who have been in government for much of the past 13 years, around the cabinet table.


It’ll be harder still with Cameron there.



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