Rishi Sunak, upon his return from the Deepavali celebrations in his hometown of Southampton, U.K., made waves in the political landscape by resurrecting the political career of former U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, appointing him to the role of Foreign Secretary.
Cameron’s Legacy: Brexit, Greensill, and Ties with China
- Cameron brings a wealth of experience, having served as the country’s leader from 2010 to 2016.
- His tenure as Prime Minister was marked by the divisive Brexit referendum, ultimately resulting in the U.K.’s departure from the European Union.
- He served as the Leader of the Conservative Party from 2005 to 2016, and held the position of Leader of the Opposition from 2005 to 2010.
Braverman Ousted: The Controversial Home Secretary
- In a move that surprised many, Sunak decided to part ways with the controversial Home Secretary, Suella Braverman.
- Suella, a British politician and barrister, held the position of Home Secretary in two separate terms: first, from September 6, 2022, to October 19, 2022, and then again from October 25, 2022, to November 13, 2023.
- Affiliated with the Conservative Party, she served as the chair of the European Research Group from 2017 to 2018, and she served as the Attorney General for England and Wales from 2020 to March 2021 and then from September 2021 to 2022.
Sunak’s Other Moves: Atkins as Health Secretary, Barclay’s Shuffle
- Beyond the headline-grabbing changes, Prime Minister Sunak also appointed former Financial Secretary Victoria Atkins as the new Health Secretary.
- This move comes as part of a broader reshuffle, with Steve Barclay replacing Thérèse Coffey as the Environment Secretary.