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Ex-PM David Cameron makes shock return to UK government

LONDON (AP) – Former British prime minister David Cameron made a shock return to high office yesterday, becoming foreign secretary in a major shakeup of the Conservative government that also saw the firing of divisive Home Secretary Suella Braverman.

Cameron, who led the government between 2010 and 2016, was appointed by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in a Cabinet shuffle in which he sacked Braverman, a divisive figure who drew anger for accusing police of being too lenient with pro-Palestinian protesters.

She was replaced by James Cleverly, who had been foreign secretary. Cameron’s appointment came as a surprise to seasoned politics-watchers. It’s rare for a non-lawmaker to take a senior government post, and it has been decades since a former prime minister held a Cabinet job.

The government said Cameron will be appointed to Parliament’s unelected upper chamber, the House of Lords. The last foreign secretary to serve in the Lords, rather than the elected House of Commons, was Peter Carrington, who was part of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher’s government in the 1980s.

Britain’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and former Britain’s Home Secretary Suella Braverman. PHOTO: AP
ABOVE & BELOW: Britain’s former prime minister David Cameron; and newly appointed British Home Secretary James Cleverly. PHOTO: AP