Cabinet reshuffle as it happened: Cameron appointed foreign secretary and Braverman sacked in top team shake-up

13 November 2023, 09:01 | Updated: 13 November 2023, 23:04

David Cameron is foreign secretary, replacing James Cleverly, who has replaced Suella Braverman as home secretary
David Cameron is foreign secretary, replacing James Cleverly, who has replaced Suella Braverman as home secretary. Picture: Alamy/Getty

By Will Taylor

Rishi Sunak has fired Suella Braverman as home secretary after her criticism of policing and Palestine protests - while David Cameron has made a shock comeback to politics as foreign secretary.

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She had written a strong article in The Times, complaining about a "double standard" between how causes are policed ahead of a weekend of demonstrations and counter-protests.

Some blamed Braverman's language for inflaming the problem on Saturday as dozens of people were arrested.

Sunak has now kicked off his reshuffle by sacking her - though there are questions over whether she will just become a martyr for the right of the Conservative Party.

Latest Updates:

  • Rishi Sunak has sacked Suella Braverman as home secretary
  • The prime minister has fired her after her comments about policing and Palestine protests - and a Times article that went out without edits requested by No10
  • There are questions over whether Sunak will be hampered by Braverman, who could become a martyr for the right of the Conservative Party
  • Sunak is reshuffling his cabinet today, with Braverman the first casualty.
  • David Cameron has been made foreign secretary in a surprise comeback - he has been out of politics since quitting in the wake of the Brexit referendum in 2016

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Rishi Sunak has vowed to stand up for tolerance and free speech as "conflicts overseas create division at home". 

Addressing the Lord Mayor's Banquet in London's Guildhall, the Prime Minister said: "When conflicts overseas create division at home, it's more important than ever that we preserve the values we hold dear: tolerance, free speech, the rule of law, respect for our history. 

 "We will protect all communities from violence and intimidation and prevent people from being drawn into radicalisation. 

 "We will show that the best are full of conviction and our values will prevail."

Rishi Sunak continues to reshuffle junior ranks

Rishi Sunak has continued to reshuffle the more junior ranks of his government, appointing: 

Nigel Huddleston as financial secretary to the Treasury 

Andrew Griffith as a minister in the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology 

Jo Churchill in the Department for Work and Pensions 

Damian Hinds in the Department for Education 

Andrew Stephenson in the Department of Health and Social Care

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Downing Street has issued a final list of Cabinet ministers after Rishi Sunak wrapped up the reshuffle of his top team. 

 More changes are expected among junior ministers.

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Tory whip Steve Double has quit his Government role to return to the backbenches. 

 In a letter to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, the MP said he informed the chief whip of his decision in September. 

 Mr Double said: "This is very much a personal decision based on what is right for me, as well as my family and constituents."

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New Health Secretary Victoria Atkins 'to seek to resolve industrial disputes with health unions'

New Health Secretary Victoria Atkins signalled she would seek to resolve industrial disputes with health unions. 

 "Our NHS matters to us all, and I look forward to working with NHS and social care colleagues to bolster services during what promises to be a very challenging winter, cut waiting lists and improve patient care," she said. 

 "I am also determined to drive forward discussions with striking unions in order to end the ongoing industrial action which has caused so much disruption to patients."

Dame Andrea Jenkyns says 'enough is enough'

"If it wasn't bad enough that we have a party leader that the party members rejected, the polls demonstrate that the public reject him, and I am in full agreement. It is time for Rishi Sunak to go."  

She said that forcing Boris Johnson out was "unforgivable enough", but "to purge the centre-right from his Cabinet and then sack Suella who was the only person in the Cabinet with the balls to speak the truth of the appalling state of our streets and a two-tier policing system that leaves Jewish community in fear for their lives and safety". 

Dame Andrea said she submitted her no confidence letter in Mr Sunak "to stand up and fight for true Conservatism".

Rishi tweets about his 'united team'

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