David Cameron is making a shock return to frontline politics this morning, seven years after he stepped down as Prime Minister.
Political onlookers’ jaws dropped when they saw the ex-premier walking into No. 10 this morning, with immediate speculation he may replace James Cleverly as foreign secretary.
In a statement from No. 10 this morning, they confirmed “The King has been pleased to approve the appointment of the Rt Hon David Cameron as Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs”.
It also set out that David Cameron has been made a peer. “His Majesty has also been pleased to confer the dignity of a Barony of the United Kingdom for life upon David Cameron.”
David Cameron’s return has sparked comparisons to Gordon Brown bringing back Peter Mandelson in 2008 when his government was also facing an uphill struggle with public opinion ahead of the election.
Rishi Sunak’s decision to bring back David Cameron to the role of Foreign Secretary is brave, given the former PM’s outspoken opposition to a number of the Government’s key policies.
Mr Cameron’s return to the political scene has raised questions about the process of appointment. Despite not being an MP, he can become Foreign Secretary through a peerage granted by the King on the advice of the Prime Minister.
A patent of creation under the great seal can follow after a title is agreed upon, and a Garter King of Arms ceremony of Introduction into the House of Lords, including the oath, can also be organized quite quickly.
David Cameron’s appointment as Foreign Secretary marks a stunning political comeback. After seven years away from frontline politics, his return has surprised and intrigued many.
It remains to be seen how his appointment will impact the government’s policies and public opinion, but one thing is for sure – David Cameron is back on the political stage.
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