Esther McVey has been appointed “common sense” minister by Rishi Sunak with a mandate to tackle the scourge of unemployment

ESTHER McVey has made a surprise return to Cabinet as Rishi Sunak’s “common sense czar” is tasked with tackling the scourge of unemployment, The Sun learns.

The Prime Minister today appointed Ms McVey to the Cabinet Office position in an olive branch to the right-wing Tory party.

Esther McVey has surprisingly returned to the cabinet as Rishi Sunak's anti-woke tsar


Esther McVey has surprisingly returned to the cabinet as Rishi Sunak’s anti-woke tsarPhoto credit: Alamy

MPs loyal to Suella Braverman are angry that she has been sacked as interior minister.

And they are bitter that the new cabinet has taken a moderate course.

The Prime Minister hopes Ms McVey’s appointment will allay concerns about a move away from the right.

Ms McVey is currently a MP and part-time TV presenter for GB News.

However, she is expected to quit her job at the broadcaster to attend the cabinet.

A Whitehall insider told The Sun she would “take the lead on the government’s anti-woke agenda and serve as a cabinet minister”.

David Cameron made a sensational comeback as frontline Foreign Secretary today.

In a dramatic twist, the 57-year-old former prime minister was granted a peerage by King Charles this morning, allowing him to step into the coveted role.

Mr Cameron replaced James Cleverly, who replaced Suella Braverman as Britain’s new home secretary.

Jeremy Hunt will remain chancellor amid speculation he would leave the cabinet.

Greg Hands has been promoted from leader of the Conservative Party to business minister.

He was replaced at CCHQ by 2019 and Red Wall MP Richard Holden.

Therese Coffey left the government after meeting the Prime Minister this morning.

She will be replaced at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by the demoted Steve Barclay.

And Vicky Atkins will take on the role of Health Secretary.

In a statement, the former environment minister, who has been minister since 2014, said: “I have written to the Prime Minister today to resign from government.”

“It was a privilege to serve him and five Conservative prime ministers as ministers.

“I look forward to continuing to serve my Suffolk Coastal constituents.”

Meanwhile, Health Minister Neil O’Brien, one of the main architects of the new smoking ban, has resigned.

Paymaster-General Jeremy Quinn and long-serving schools minister Nick Gibb resigned from government.

Amid a rent and mortgage crisis, Rachel Maclean has been sacked as housing secretary, leaving the position open for the 16th time since the Tories came to power.

Ms Maclean said: “I have been asked to step down from my role as housing minister.

“I was disappointed and looked forward to presenting the Tenant Reform Bill to the Committee tomorrow and later the Tenancy and Property Rights Bill.”

“It has been a privilege to hold this position and I wish my successor all the best.”

She has been replaced by Lee Rowley, who will step down as a local government minister.

A No10 spokesman said: “This reshuffle will give the Prime Minister a united team to deliver the change this country needs in the long term.”

John Verrall

John Verrall is a Nytimas U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. John Verrall joined Nytimas in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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