Former British Prime Minister David Cameron returned to the top echelons of his country’s government on Monday after current leader Rishi Sunak fired a cabinet official who accused London police of ignoring law-breaking by “pro-Palestinian mobs.”
Home Secretary Suella Braverman was removed from her role and replaced by Foreign Secretary James Cleverley after the Times of London published an article Braverman wrote last week in which he said the police were “playing favorites when it comes to protesters” and acted more leniently toward pro-Palestinian protesters and Black Lives Matter supporters than toward right-wing protesters or football hooligans.
The article was not approved in advance by the prime minister’s office. Sunak, under fire from members of the Conservative Party and the opposition Labor Party – who argued the article stoked tensions between a pro-Palestinian and far-right counter-demonstration in London on Saturday that resulted in nearly 150 arrests – subsequently fired Braverman and appointed Cameron in the role of Cleverly’s foreign secretary, according to Reuters.
“It has been the greatest privilege of my life to serve as secretary of the interior,” Braverman said, according to the Associated Press, on Monday, adding that she “will have more to say in due course.”
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The news agency also reported that in the Times of London article, Braverman described protesters calling for a cease-fire in Gaza as “hate protesters.”
The government said Cameron would be appointed to the unelected upper house of parliament, the House of Lords. The last foreign secretary to serve in the Lords rather than the elected House of Commons was Peter Carrington, who was part of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s government in the 1980s.
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The UK Government describes the position of Home Secretary as the Cabinet official who “is legally responsible for national security and for the role played by the police service in providing any national response to policing issues that arise.
“The Home Secretary ultimately has to answer to Parliament and is responsible for ensuring that our communities, across the force, are kept safe and for protecting our national borders and security,” he adds.
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Cameron, who campaigned against Brexit, previously resigned from his role as prime minister in September 2016.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.