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‘He’s getting a lot done’: Cameron’s first 100 days as foreign secretary impress | David Cameron

‘He’s getting a lot done’: Cameron’s first 100 days as foreign secretary impress | David Cameron

With the Conservative party lagging 20 points behind in the polls, enduring crushing byelection defeats and weekly controversies, it’s a difficult time to be a government minister. One figure who appears to glide effortlessly above the mire though is David Cameron, who was unexpectedly brought back to the political frontline in November as foreign secretary. He marked 100 days in office last week and has by all accounts loved every minute of it. The Foreign Office appears to love him back. Despite his considerable political baggage, the prevailing view in the department is that having Cameron at the helm has been a shot in the arm for UK diplomacy, insiders said. Officials are seemingly impressed with his energy and work ethic. Diplomats say he is a natural mediator who knows how to interact with foreign dignitaries and inject humour at the right moments. Ukraine’s foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, with Cameron at the UN headquarters in New York in this month. Photograph: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/Rex/Shutterstock Cameron, a member of the House of Lords rather than an …

‘Kiss My Ass’: David Cameron’s Ukraine Plea Angers Marjorie Taylor Greene

‘Kiss My Ass’: David Cameron’s Ukraine Plea Angers Marjorie Taylor Greene

David Cameron has prompted an angry reaction from US Republican politician Marjorie Taylor Greene after drawing comparisons to the appeasement of Adolf Hitler when urging Congress to approve a multi-billion dollar funding package to Ukraine. The British foreign secretary on Tuesday made a direct plea to American politicians amid the stalemate over $95.3 billion (£75 billion) of support to Ukraine to help it continue its war against Russia. But the former prime minister’s lobbying drew a fierce response from Taylor Greene, the controversial member of the House of Representatives from the Donald Trump-supporting MAGA wing of the GOP. Taylor Greene was confronted by James Matthews of Sky News, who characterised Cameron’s comments as likening her “to an appeaser to Hitler in not voting for funding to Ukraine ”. “Are you an appeaser for Putin?” the correspondent asked. “I really don’t care what David Cameron has to say,” she replied. “I think that’s rude name-calling and I don’t appreciate that type of language. David Cameron needs to worry about his own country and frankly he can …

Why David Cameron’s Recent Palestine Remarks Are Significant

Why David Cameron’s Recent Palestine Remarks Are Significant

Lord David Cameron has caused a stir by calling for the UK to start envisioning how a Palestinian state would work. The foreign secretary told the Conservative Middle East Council on Monday: “We should be starting to set out what a Palestinian state would look like – what it would compromise, how it would work. “As that happens, we, with allies, will look at the issue of recognising a Palestinian state, including at the United Nations. This could be one of the things that helps to make this process irreversible.” Why are Cameron’s words important? The Israel-Hamas war has been divisive ever since it broke out in October, when Palestinian militants killed 1,200 people on Israeli soil and took 240 others hostage. Israel declared war, and has since killed more than 26,000 people in Gaza, according to the Hamas-run health ministry. But, amid international upheaval, the UK government has stuck by its allies in Israel and their concerns about the threat of Hamas. So, it’s noteworthy that Cameron’s comments come shortly after Israeli PM Benjamin …

David Cameron’s activities at Greensill a ‘matter of interest’ in wider fraud inquiry | David Cameron

David Cameron’s activities at Greensill a ‘matter of interest’ in wider fraud inquiry | David Cameron

David Cameron’s activities at the scandal-hit Greensill Capital finance company are a “matter of interest” in a wider investigation by the Serious Fraud Office, the Guardian understands. The SFO, which investigates and prosecutes fraud, bribery and corruption in the UK, has questioned interview subjects about the UK foreign secretary’s involvement with the now-defunct company, sources claim. The Guardian understands that Cameron’s activities have been discussed in sensitive interviews with witnesses in the long-running SFO investigation. A spokesperson for Cameron declined to answer specific questions about the investigation and his involvement with Greensill, but said that the foreign secretary had not personally had “any contact” with the SFO. Senior figures who worked at Greensill have been questioned as part of the SFO’s broader inquiry into “suspected fraud, fraudulent trading and money laundering” at companies within the Gupta Family Group Alliance (GFG) steel, energy and commodities empire, an investigation announced in 2021. GFG, owned by the steel tycoon Sanjeev Gupta, has consistently denied any wrongdoing. Greensill was the main financial backer of the loose industrial grouping of …

Sky News Presenter Delivers Brutal Roast On David Cameron’s Immigration Record

Sky News Presenter Delivers Brutal Roast On David Cameron’s Immigration Record

David Cameron was accused of an “epic fail” over his broken pledge to slash immigration. The former prime minister once vowed to bring net migration – the difference between the numbers entering and leaving the UK – down to the “tens of thousands”. “You were the first to say net immigration numbers should fall below 100,000,” Phillips said. “This year, irrespective of the small boats, the figure is over 500,000. “I think the young people now would call that an epic fail on the part of your government.” Cameron said the government had announced “very big and clear changes to bring down legal migration”. These include moves to prevent foreign students bringing family members with them to the UK, and increasing the salary threshold at which immigrants can be given a work visa. But Phillips told him: “Almost everything you’ve tried has resulted, rather than a drop, but in an increase.” Source link

Why David Cameron’s past and present relations with China could be Rishi Sunak’s first big political headache of 2024

Why David Cameron’s past and present relations with China could be Rishi Sunak’s first big political headache of 2024

Almost immediately after being appointed as foreign secretary, David Cameron’s ties with China generated difficult headlines for Rishi Sunak’s government. Cameron’s warmth towards China during his own time as prime minister prompted Luke de Pulford, the director of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, to argue that Sunak had scored an own goal in appointing him. Cameron’s time in office has been described as a “golden era” for UK-China relations. But now, in a very different political climate, de Pulford has accused the new foreign secretary of “shilling for the UK’s biggest security threat”. Catherine West, Labour’s shadow minister for Asia and the Pacific, has also said Cameron has questions to answer over what role he has played since leaving office in a Chinese infrastructure project in Sri Lanka. Cameron’s position on China during his tenure as prime minister evolved from ambivalence to active embrace. Looking back, 2015-16 in particular was an active period in UK-China relations. A state visit by President Xi Jinping in 2015 not only provided Cameron with a chance to take him …

Lady Cameron’s diary: new job pays peanuts but it does get Dave out of the house | As told to Catherine Bennett

Oh. My. God. Though I knew something was up the other week when Dave came down early going what happened to the encyclopaedias? I’m like, well it is after 10 and I am literally curating casual slash pulled together looks for work-to-weekend wear, but since you ask, Nicky once said geography was common so you threw them all out. Why? He’s like, no reason, I’m like let me guess – boring Chinese thing? Or has Lex maniac invited you to his old melon farm, well don’t let me stop you, take in Bali make it a whole gap yah and build a fucking orphanage why don’t you, leave the rest of us to work in peace. Btw those bins aren’t going to empty themselves. And turn the thermostat back up on your way out. Next thing he’s running in going babes I think I may have something for that diary of yours! I’m like well no reason you would have noticed I gave up my diary in 2016, just like I stopped saying yay and …

Weekend podcast: Nicolas Cage, Marina Hyde on David Cameron’s return, plus cardiologists’ advice for a healthy heart | Life and style

Is Rishi Sunak rewarding failure? With David Cameron back it’s being celebrated like never before, says Marina Hyde (1m28s); Nicolas Cage on dreams, fame and his two-headed snake (10m25s); why one woman flew across the world to win back her ex (22m51s); and four cardiologists share 20 simple steps to a healthy heart (27m37s) How to listen to podcasts: everything you need to know Source link

David Cameron’s appointment to investment fund ‘part engineered by China’ | David Cameron

David Cameron’s appointment as vice chair of the £1bn China-UK investment fund and Sir Danny Alexander’s appointment as vice president of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank were in part engineered by the Chinese state, parliament’s intelligence and security committee (ISC) found. Their appointment was to lend credibility to Chinese investment as well as the broader Chinese brand, according to confidential evidence given to the intelligence watchdog. Both Cameron as prime minister and Alexander as Treasury chief secretary were at the heart of the plan to usher in a golden age in Anglo-Chinese relations, the committee said. That decision was chastised by the watchdog as a complete misreading of the Chinese government’s determination to invest in the UK to gain global technological dominance for the Chinese Communist Party. The ISC found the UK’s response to the Chinese threat as inadequate, adding China had penetrated deep into the UK economy. Alexander remains vice president of policy and strategy of the AIIB. But Cameron’s plan for the investment bank largely foundered after relations between London and Beijing deteriorated …