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David Cameron makes shock comeback as Rishi Sunak’s foreign secretary in UK reshuffle

David Cameron makes shock comeback as Rishi Sunak’s foreign secretary in UK reshuffle

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LONDON — Rishi Sunak appointed David Cameron as Britain’s new foreign secretary — in a shock comeback for the former prime minister.

Cameron, who resigned as PM in 2016 after losing the Brexit referendum, will become a life peer in the House of Lords in order to take on the government role.

The move comes as Sunak carries out a major reshuffle of his government ranks, in a bid to arrest his Conservative Party’s large deficit in opinion polling.

He kicked off the reshuffle Monday by firing Home Secretary Suella Braverman, a key figure on the party’s right. James Cleverly, previously foreign sec, takes over from Braverman at the interior ministry.

Cameron’s dramatic return marks the first post-war example of a former prime minister serving in a successor’s Cabinet since the 1970s, when Conservative Alec Douglas-Home was named foreign secretary in Ted Heath’s government.

Although both are seen as Tory centrists, Sunak and Cameron campaigned on opposite sides of the 2016 Brexit referendum. Cameron — who led a coalition government in 2010 and pulled off a dramatic election victory for the Tories in 2015 — has recently been critical of the prime minister over his decision to axe key parts of the HS2 rail link. The ex-PM’s reputation took a hit amid a lobbying scandal in 2021.

Pat McFadden of the opposition Labour Party took a dig at Sunak, who has recently attempted to pitch himself against successive governments of all stripes.

“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,” McFadden quipped.

This developing story is being updated.

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