Braverman sacking fallout as speaker suggests new scrutiny arrangements for Lord Cameron – as it happened

Former home secretary Suella Braverman was sacked this morning by prime minister Rishi Sunak.

Braverman said serving as home secretary “has been the greatest privilege of my life to serve as home secretary”.

“I will have more to say in due course”, she added.

Former foreign secretary James Cleverly has been announced as the man replacing Braverman in the Home Office.

Replacing Cleverly as foreign secretary is former prime minister David Cameron, now Lord Cameron. He stunned SW1 when he arrived on Downing Street just before 9 am.

Meanwhile, Richard Holden has replaced Greg Hands as the chairman of the Conservative Party and Steve Barclay has been demoted to environment secretary.

Therese Coffey, who had served as the head of DEFRA since October 2022, has left government.

Replacing Steve Barclay as health secretary is Victoria Atkins, who previously served as financial secretary the Treasury.


17.32 pm — Braverman out, Lord Cameron in: the key moments of Rishi Sunak’s cabinet relaunch

Braverman out, Lord Cameron in: the key moments of Rishi Sunak’s cabinet relaunch

17.30 pm — Esther McVey appointed minister at the Cabinet Office, the role has been briefed to the Sun as the “minister for common sense”.

17.07 pm — BREAKING: David Cameron speaks for the first time as foreign secretary.

Lord Cameron tells Sky News: “Well I know it’s not usual for a prime minister to come back in this way but I believe in public service.

“The prime minister asked me to do this job and it’s a time where we have some daunting challenges as a country, the conflict in the Middle East, the war in Ukraine”

15.44 pm — Speaker says new ways must be found to ‘scrutinise’ work of foreign secretary David Cameron:

Speaker says new ways must be found to ‘scrutinise’ work of foreign secretary David Cameron

14.40 pm — Laura Trott has been promoted to the role of Chief Secretary to the Treasury, replacing John Glen.

14.39 pm — Victoria Atkins has been appointed health secretary, replacing Steve Barclay.

14.35 pm — Reshuffle latest: Steve Barclay replaces Thérèse Coffey as environment secretary

Reshuffle latest: Steve Barclay replaces Thérèse Coffey as environment secretary

13.48 pm Sir Simon Clarke, a Liz Truss ally, criticises Sunak’s reshuffle. He warns it is “never wise to lack options on the right wing”.

13.47 pm — Junior ministers Richard Holden, Victoria Atkins and Laura Trott — all long touted for promotions — are currently in No 10.

12.56 pm — BREAKING: Therese Coffey has left the Government.

The now ex-environment secretary said in a resignation letter to Rishi Sunak: “Having been a minister since July 2014, and having served all five Conservative prime ministers, I consider it is now the right time to step back from government.”

12.44 pm — The health secretary Steve Barclay has been spotted going into 10 Downing Street.

12.41 pm — Stephen Flynn, the SNP’s leader in Westminster, has said the UK is “not a serious country” after Rishi Sunak decided to appoint Lord Cameron to the role of Foreign Secretary.

Mr Flynn pointed out that because Lord Cameron is a peer and will be speaking for the Government in the House of Lords, MPs will no longer be able to ask questions of the foreign secretary in the House of Commons

11.08 am — Another minister resigns as reshuffle continues:

10.54 am — Health minister Will Quince returns to backbenches. He had already announced his intention to stand down at the next election.

10.52 am King Charles has awarded David Cameron his life peerage.

No 10 has said the King was “pleased to confer the dignity of a Barony of the United Kingdom for life upon David Cameron”.

10.39 am Former PM Theresa May has said David Cameron’s experience on the international stage “will be invaluable” in his role as foreign secretary.

“Congratulations to [David Cameron] on his return to government”, the former home secretary tweeted.

“His immense experience on the international stage will be invaluable at this time of great uncertainty in our world. Looking forward to working together again!”

10.35 am — David Cameron becomes just second former PM to return to cabinet since WW2. Full story:

David Cameron becomes just second former PM to return to cabinet since WW2

10.29 am — David Cameron concedes he has disagreed with Sunak in the past:

He says: “Though I may have disagreed with some individual decisions, it is clear to me that Rishi Sunak is a strong and capable Prime Minister, who is showing exemplary leadership at a difficult time. …

“It will be an honour to serve our country alongside our dedicated FCDO staff and provide the continued leadership and support that they deserve”

10.27 am — Labour’s national campaign coordinator Pat McFadden has said: “A few weeks ago Rishi Sunak said David Cameron was part of a failed status quo, now he’s bringing him back as his life raft.

“This puts to bed the Prime Minister’s laughable claim to offer change from 13 years of Tory failure.”

10.10 am — David Cameron is only the second former prime minister to be appointed to cabinet since WW2. The other was in the 1970s, when Alec Douglas-Home become foreign secretary.

10.02 am — BREAKING: David Cameron returns to cabinet as foreign secretary. He has been made a life peer in order to make the move possible.

09.50 am — From our editor:

09.49 am — From the Conservative Party:

09.43 am — BREAKING: James Cleverly has just been announced as the new home secretary.

09.40 am From our Editor:

09.39 am — Reshuffle status update:

09.29 am — A report in 2018 revealed David Cameron had dreams of returning to frontline politics as foreign secretary – as per some reports today.

A source told The Sun in 2018: “David is dedicated to public service, and has often said he wouldn’t rule out a public role one day, domestically or internationally. But he is only 52, and still a young man.”

09.17 am — BREAKING: Suella Braverman says “it has been the greatest privilege of my life to serve as home secretary”, adding: “I will have more to say in due course”.

09.13 am Conservative right backlash to Braverman’s sacking begins as Dame Andrea Jenkins tweets:

09.11 am It is rumoured that now-foreign secretary James Cleverly could replace Braverman, he was seen entering No 10 before the former home secretary was sacked.

09.07 am Health minister Neil O’Brien confirms he is retuning to backbenches. He wrote on X: “It’s been a privilege to serve at DHSC. Great ministerial team and spads [special advisers] and some fab officials.

“But with so much going on locally I want to focus 100% on constituency work so have asked to go to back benches. I’m also keen to see more of our two small children.”

09.02 am — Former prime minister David Cameron has been seen entering Downing Street amid re-shuffle

08.59 am — Nick Gibb has announced that he has asked to leave his government role as schools minister.

08.56 am — From the official Conservative Party X account:

08.48 am — BREAKING: Suella Braverman has been sacked as home secretary, it comes as major questions had been asked over the home secretary’s future for several days.

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  • Rishi Sunak is holding a cabinet reshuffle as had been widely anticipated, with home secretary Suella Braverman the first casualty

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