Cabinet reshuffle latest: Cleverly home secretary, Braverman sacked, Cameron returns

Former PM to head FCDO as home secretary's dismissal prompts major overhaul of Rishi Sunak's cabinet
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Rishi Sunak has kicked off a major cabinet reshuffle, appointing James Cleverly as his new home secretary and David Cameron making a return to government as foreign secretary.

Several ministers have also resigned, including Jeremy Quin, the minister for the Cabinet Office, and environment secretary Thérèse Coffey. Coffey has been replaced by Steve Barclay, who moves from his position as health secretary. Barclay's replacement is Victoria Atkins, who switches from her role as financial secretary to the Treasury.

John Glen has taken Quin's role as minister for the Cabinet Office, with his position as chief secretary to the Treasury given to Laura Trott, who leaves her pensions minister role.

The prime minister asked Suella Braverman to leave his government this morning and she accepted. Former foreign secretary James Cleverly has accepted the role as the new home secretary.

Replacing Cleverly as foreign secretary, former PM Cameron said that though he "may have disagreed with some individual decisions", he thought Sunak was a a "strong and capable prime minister".

Theresa May, who took over as prime minister after Cameron resigned in 2016, congratulated him on his return to government, praising his "immense experience on the international stage".

More changes are expected to be announced imminently, with health secretary Steve Barclay also thought to be at risk of losing his job.

Braverman's sacking follows a failure to get sign off on a Times article accusing the police of bias in the policing of pro-Palestinian protest marches. It also comes ahead of a Supreme Court ruling on the government's controversial plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda, which government insiders are not confident about. 

She also prompted fury among swathes of Conservative MPs by claiming that homelessness was a "lifestyle choice".

Quin, who had only in July announced a series of plans to reform the civil service, said he is stepping down to "concentrate on projects in Horsham". 

Coffey said it was "the right time to step back from government".

Nick Gibb also announced his resignation as schools minister, stating that he will be taking up a new diplomatic role after the next general election.

In his resignation letter, he said the government had faced a multitude of challenges, ranging from Brexit and Covid-19 to war in Ukraine and the Middle East. 

"I remain an optimist and I believe that the answers to these challenges will be found by thinkers and politicians of the centre-right, but I worry that growing cynicism and hostility to those who stand for election and hold office is damaging our ability to come together to solve problems," he wrote.

Neil O'Brien has stepped down as parliamentary under-secretary of state for primary care and public Health, posting on X that he wanted to return to the backbenches to focus on his constituency work and spend more time with his family. 

Will Quince has also resigned as from the health ministerial team as health and secondary care minister.

"Having taken the decision to stand down at the General Election and having recently joined the Army as a specialist reserve officer, now feels like the right time to leave HM Government," he said in his resignation letter.

"This will allow me to focus on the final module of training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and my duties as a constituency member of parliament. It will also afford me the opportunity to spend more time with my family and explore new opportunities."

Jesse Norman has resigned as decarbonisation and technology minister in the Department for Transport, saying he was "looking forward to more freedom to campaign on the River Wye and other crucial local and national issues".

George Freeman has resigned as minister of state for science, research and innovation, after serving five ministerial roles under four prime ministers.

Housing minister Rachel Maclean has joined Braverman in being sacked, with Lee Rowley taking her place. She said was "disappointed" by the decision.

There will also be change in the Conservative Campaign Headquarters, with Richard Holden announced as the new party chair, replacing Greg Hands, who will return to his previous role as trade minister. 

Zoe Crowther is a reporter and Adam Payne is political editor of CSW's sister title PoliticsHome, where a version of this article first appeared

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