Former British leader David Cameron took over as foreign secretary on Monday in a surprise appointment by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who reshuffled his team.
David Cameron, 57, served as prime minister from 2010 to 2016, resigning following the result of the referendum in June that year, when Britain voted to leave the European Union. Mr Cameron had led the campaign to stay in the European bloc.
His sudden return to the front line of politics follows the past seven years he spent writing memoirs and dabbling in business, including finance company Greensill Capital, which later collapsed.
The collapse of the company prompted questions about the extent to which former leaders can use their status to influence government policy, after Mr Cameron repeatedly contacted senior ministers in 2020 in the interest of his job.
Prime Minister Sunak’s office said King Charles approved the decision to give Mr Cameron a seat in the House of Lords, allowing him to return to government despite no longer being an elected member of parliament.