Former Prime Minister supports David Cameron
Theresa May has voiced her support for David Cameron following his appointment as Foreign Secretary.
She wrote on X/Twitter: “Congratulations to @David_Cameron on his return to government.
“His immense experience on the international stage will be invaluable at this time of great uncertainty in our world. I look forward to working together again!”
Congratulations to @DavidCameron upon his return to government. His immense experience on the international stage will be invaluable during this time of great uncertainty in our world. I look forward to working together again! – Theresa May (@theresa_may) November 13, 2023
“I will be held to account,” says David Cameron
In his first interview as foreign secretary, the current Lord Cameron said he would be properly held to account in his new role, even though he would not be regularly questioned by MPs in the House of Commons.
“I will be held to account in the House of Lords, where I have to account for myself and the government,” he said.
He said Foreign Secretary Andrew Mitchell and others would be held to account in the House of Commons.
Lord Cameron said: “Of course this Government, my role in it, will be accountable to voters at the general election, but in the meantime I want to do everything I can to strengthen our alliances and work with our friends, those important partnerships to ensure our country is safe and prosperous in a difficult and dangerous world.”
Esther McVey makes a surprise return to government
Former TV presenter Esther McVey arrived at Downing Street as part of the ministerial reshuffle – and she was given the role “Czar of Common Sense” is tasked with combating the scourge of wokerie, The Sun understands.
The Prime Minister today appointed Ms McVey to the Cabinet Office role in a bid to appease the Tory right.
She was photographed entering 10 Downing Street shortly after 5pm on Monday.
Cabinet reshuffle – everything you need to know
It was a day of turmoil and surprise at Downing Street after Rishi Sunak made significant changes to his top team in a dramatic reshuffle.
Suella Braverman is sacked as Home Secretary while Therese Coffey resigns from the Environment Ministry.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day, however, is the return of David Cameron as Foreign Secretary.
Here are some of the other changes at Downing Street you may have missed:
- James Cleverly will be the new interior minister.
- Environment Minister Therese Coffey resigns, saying it is “the right time to step away from government.”
- Minister of transport Jesse Norman resigns and says it was an honor to have served.
- Housing Minister Rachel Maclean says she is “disappointed” about being fired from her position. Lee Rowley takes over and will reportedly become the 16th housing minister since the Conservatives came to power in 2010.
- Minister of Health Steve Barclay moves to Defra – replacing Coffey – while Victoria Atkins takes over from Barclay.
- Richard Holden becomes the new party leader and replaced Greg hands.