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Former UK Prime Minister Cameron returns as foreign secretary as part of UK government shakeup

Braverman was fired after she called on police to be "even-handed with protests" as it appears they treat pro-Palestine and BLM demonstrations differently than anti-lockdown and patriotic protests.

Published: November 13, 2023 8:20am

Updated: November 13, 2023 8:58am

Former U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron returned to politics Monday as foreign secretary while Home Secretary Suella Braverman was fired for her comments criticizing the police response to pro-Palestinian protests.

The move is part of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak shake up his government. 

Cameron, who served as prime minister from 2010 to 2016, resigned after the U.K. voted to leave the European Union. 

"While I have been out of front-line politics for the last seven years, I hope that my experience – as Conservative Leader for eleven years and Prime Minister for six – will assist me in helping the Prime Minister to meet these vital challenges," Cameron wrote on X, formerly Twitter, after assuming the new position.

In further government shakeups on Monday, British Environment Minister Therese Coffey stepped down from her position after holding it since 2014. She plans on continuing her service as a member of Parliament representing the coast of Suffolk.

Braverman was replaced by James Cleverly, a Conservative Party member and Army Reserve officer who has served in Parliament since 2015.

She was fired after writing an opinion essay last week in The Times of London accusing London’s police force of applying “double standards” in how the agency manages protests and condemning a pro-Palestinian march that Downing Street said Braveman had not been cleared, according to CNN.

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