David Cameron Promises To Back Rishi Sunak After Surprise Cabinet Comeback


Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has received backing from David Cameron, who has stated that he wishes to help him “at a hard time” following a stunning return to power through a significant change of the cabinet.

In order to assume the position, the former prime minister accepted a peerage and was named foreign secretary.

James Cleverly, who took over as home secretary when Mr. Sunak fired Suella Braverman, was succeeded by him.

A former prime minister “coming back” was “not usual,” according to Lord Cameron.

However, he expressed his optimism that his knowledge would benefit Mr. Sunak’s administration during a period when the nation was facing “daunting challenges” in the Middle East and Ukraine.

“I’ve decided to join this team because I believe Rishi Sunak is a good prime minister doing a difficult job at a hard time,” Lord Cameron said. “I want to support him.”

Mrs. Braverman’s dismissal served as the catalyst for Mr. Sunak’s cabinet reorganization on Monday. His party, which has been in power for more than 13 years, is trailing Labour in opinion polls.

Following Mrs. Braverman’s accusations of bias on the part of the Metropolitan Police in their handling of protests, Mr. Sunak decided to fire her.

The spokesman for the prime minister acknowledged that there had been “differences of style” between Mrs. Braverman and Mr. Sunak, but emphasized the value of having a “united team”.

Mr. Sunak stated that the world was facing “deeply challenging times” and that “it falls to us to do everything we can to shape these events” during an address at the London Lord Mayor’s Banquet.

He complimented Mr. Cleverly for his efforts on Ukraine while serving as foreign secretary and said that the UK government had “delivered one of the most significant years for British foreign policy in recent times”.

“I’m pleased to have appointed a new foreign secretary who will build on everything we have achieved in the last year,” Mr Sunak said.

The prime minister has run the danger of further dividing his Members of Parliament by bringing back Lord Cameron and sacking Mrs. Braverman, who is well-liked on the right of the Conservative Party.

Victoria Atkins as health secretary and Steve Barclay replaced Therese Coffey as environment secretary in two significant moves.

Greg Hands was replaced as Tory party chairman by former transport minister Richard Holden.

Education Secretary Gillian Keegan, Defense Secretary Grant Shapps, and Chancellor Jeremy Hunt were among the other top cabinet members who held their positions.

The move that took Westminster by surprise was the appointment of Lord Cameron, who became the first prime minister to return to office since the 1970s.

The surprising action signaled a seven-year comeback to the forefront of politics following Lord Cameron’s retirement as prime minister following the UK’s 2016 vote to leave the European Union.

After leaving politics, Lord Cameron, who had backed EU retention, has maintained a quiet profile. However, in his 2019 memoir, he bemoaned “my political career ending so fast”.

The former prime minister has attacked Mr. Sunak’s administration for a number of reasons, most notably his choice to slash the UK’s aid budget and abandon the northern portion of the HS2 train link.

Additionally, in trying to set himself apart from his predecessors, Mr. Sunak presented himself as a prime minister who was ready for “change” in his speech to the Tory conference.

Politics, according to Lord Cameron, “is a team enterprise,” even though he had “disagreed with certain individual decisions” made by Mr. Sunak’s administration.

“I’m a member of the team and I accept the cabinet collective responsibility that comes with that,” added Lord Cameron.

While mainstream Tory MPs have hailed Lord Cameron’s return, the party’s Brexit supporters have mocked him.

The Liberal Democrats, citing Lord Cameron’s support of the bankrupt financing company Greensill Capital, are demanding that his peerage be revoked.

The choice of Lord Cameron, according to senior Labour MP Pat McFadden, “puts to bed the prime minister’s laughable claim to offer change from 13 years of Tory failure”.

Following his resignation as prime minister, Lord Cameron announced his resignation from a number of corporate and philanthropic positions, including president of the Alzheimer’s Society.

“I have one job – to be foreign secretary and work with the prime minister for the UK to be as secure and prosperous as possible in a difficult and dangerous world,” he said.

The foreign secretary asserted that the Greensill controversy had been “dealt with” and was “in the past”.