FORMER Prime Minister David Cameron has made a return to government, taking on the role of Foreign Secretary under the leadership of current Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
Mr. Cameron, who served as Prime Minister from 2010 to 2016, is now set to become a peer as he joins Sunak’s cabinet. This move marks the 15th occasion in British history where a former prime minister has taken on a government role under a different leader, showcasing the resilience and adaptability of the nation’s political figures.
Lord David Cameron, as he is now known, expressed his support for Sunak despite past disagreements, stating, “While I may have disagreed with some individual decisions, [Rishi Sunak] is a strong and capable Prime Minister, who is showing exemplary leadership at a difficult time.”
Historically, figures like Sir Alec Douglas-Home and Arthur Balfour have returned to government in different capacities after their prime ministerial terms. Sir Alec, who briefly served as prime minister in the early 1960s, later assumed the position of Foreign Secretary under Edward Heath from 1970 to 1974.
This move by Cameron is reminiscent of leaders from the past, showcasing a trend in British political history where experienced hands are called upon to navigate challenging times. Neville Chamberlain, for instance, served as the lord president of the council during the Second World War under Winston Churchill’s Cabinet.
Cameron’s return to the political limelight comes amidst a broader cabinet reshuffle initiated by Prime Minister Sunak. The recent appointment of James Cleverly as Home Secretary, following the removal of Suella Braverman, adds another layer of intrigue to the unfolding political drama.
The reshuffle has not been without its critics, with Pat McFadden, Labour’s national campaign co-ordinator, stating, “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. This puts to bed the Prime Minister’s laughable claim to offer change from 13 years of Tory failure.”
Chancellor Jeremy Hunt, however, remains in his post, alleviating concerns of instability in the crucial economic portfolio. With the autumn statement looming next week, Hunt has prioritised efforts to cut inflation over potential tax cuts, a decision that has faced scrutiny from some Tory MPs.
As the political landscape continues to evolve, the return of David Cameron to the forefront of British politics raises questions about the dynamics within the Conservative Party and the strategies employed as the nation approaches the anticipated general election next year.
Amidst the reshuffling, Environment Secretary Therese Coffey entered Downing Street, adding further intrigue to a political narrative that continues to unfold. The eyes of the nation now turn towards the reshaped cabinet as it takes on the challenges that lie ahead.