LONDON — Rishi Sunak has reappointed James Cleverly as Britain’s foreign secretary and will keep Ben Wallace at the Ministry of Defense in a bid to ensure the continuity of key global jobs after weeks of domestic political turmoil.
Cleverly, a much-loved Brexiteer from the eurosceptic wing of the Conservative Party, had made no secret of his desire to remain in office, which he assumed after several ministerial posts at the Foreign Office under the leadership of Boris Johnson. This means Sunak has kept a key Liz Truss ally in place.
Last week, Cleverly backed Johnson’s return before quickly pivoting to back Sunak after Johnson pulled out of the Tory leadership race. Sunak leadership candidate Penny Mordaunt had been touted for the role of foreign secretary.
Meanwhile Wallace, who has now served as defense secretary under Johnson, Truss and Sunak, has been applauded in his party for leading the UK’s response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
He has been a public defender of raising UK defense spending to 3% of GDP, but Sunak – whose government comes to power amid an economic crisis – has so far refused to back down. engage at this level.