Amber Rudd returns to UK Cabinet as work and pensions secretary

    LONDON — Amber Rudd was appointed as the U.K. government’s work and pensions secretary on Friday, the BBC reported.

    Downing Street wouldn’t confirm Rudd’s appointment.

    She returns to Theresa May’s Cabinet after being forced to resign as home secretary in April. Rudd admitted she had “inadvertently misled” MPs over targets for removing illegal immigrants.

    Rudd, a prominent Remain campaigner in the Brexit referendum of 2016, is a close ally of the prime minister.

    She replaces Esther McVey, who resigned Thursday in protest at May’s Brexit deal.