London, Nov 13 (EFE).- The British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, has turned to the old guard from whom he intended to distance himself to embody the change after appointing his predecessor David Cameron to occupy the Foreign Ministry and thus allow a remodeling key in his government.
Sunak has delivered a coup – for some critics, “desperate” – by bringing back the former Conservative prime minister between 2010 and 2016, when he resigned after losing the Brexit referendum.
No longer an MP, he has been appointed to the (unelected) House of Lords, meaning the new Foreign Secretary will be able to avoid direct scrutiny by the House of Commons.
The Labor Party has declared that the return of Cameron to replace James Cleverly, who in turn replaces the controversial Suella Braverman in the Interior, “destroys” the promise made by Sunak on October 4 to break with the status quo ‘.
It remains to be seen how the new Executive will affect its electoral options, where it has less support from the radical right and has two moderate pro-Europeans in high positions: Cameron and the Minister of the Economy, Jeremy Hunt.
Sunak has dismissed Braverman after he published an unauthorized article in The Times last Thursday in which he accused the London Police of favoring pro-Palestinian demonstrations, which he described as “hate marches.”
Scotland Yard has considered these statements one of the factors behind the attack on officers by far-right militants last Saturday, in parallel to a demonstration to call for a ceasefire in Gaza, which the Police refused to prohibit as they found no legal basis.
Braverman, leader of the populist right in the Conservative Party, has said that it has been “the greatest privilege” of her life to serve as Home Secretary, and anticipates that she will have “more to say in due course.”
She is replaced in the most controversial portfolio of the Executive by Cleverly, another supporter of Brexit, but with a more pragmatic nature, who on Wednesday will have to deal with the Supreme Court’s decision on whether or not the plan to send potential refugees to Rwanda is legal.
Cameron, who during his years in Downing Street imposed an unpopular period of austerity and has subsequently received criticism for his work as a “lobbyist”, has hoped that his past experience will serve to “help” the Prime Minister face “vital challenges”. ” on an international level.
He has also explained that, although he may have “disagreed with some individual decisions” of the current Tory leader, he is “clear” that “he is a solid and capable prime minister, who is demonstrating exemplary leadership in difficult times.”
In another move in his team, Sunak has appointed Steve Barclay as Environment Minister to replace Thérèse Coffey, who has resigned, while he is replaced in Health by Victoria Atkins.
Sunak, who came to power on October 25, 2022, replacing Liz Truss without going to the polls, presented himself at his party’s annual congress last October as the candidate “of change” compared to the governments of the last three decades, including the last 13 years of Tory rule.
“A few weeks ago, Rishi Sunak said that David Cameron was part of a failed ‘status quo’, and now he is bringing him back as his life raft,” Labor spokesperson Pat McFadden said today.
“This debunks the Prime Minister’s ridiculous claim that he is offering change after 13 years of Tory failure,” he added.
According to McFadden, a member of the Labor leader’s team, Keir Starmer, “the reshuffle of ministers will not change the record of the Conservatives” in that period, which began with Cameron’s mandate from 2010 to 2016, which was followed by Theresa May, Boris Johnson , Truss and now Sunak.
“There will be no difference in the cost of living or public services. The only way to achieve change is to get rid of this failed Tory government,” he said.
The appointment of Cameron and the expulsion of Braverman represent not only a reorganization within the Government, but also in the Conservative Party, where the recovery of the center to the detriment of the right could have consequences for the 2024-2025 elections and for the Sunak’s leadership. EFE
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