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Cameron says cabinet reshuffle reflects "modern Britain"

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 - 01:40

British Prime Minister David Cameron turns to women and EU sceptics in a major ministerial shake-up, saying the new team ''reflects modern Britain''. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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British Prime Minister David Cameron is getting a new team, after a major cabinet reshuffle. Among the appointees -- Euroskeptics and women. The shake-up comes ahead of a national election next May. This was Cameron on Tuesday. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, DAVID CAMERON, SAYING: "Well I think it is a team that reflects modern Britain and it's only by reflecting all of modern Britain that we'll get the best for our country and I'm very proud of the fact that great talent has come through the Conservative ranks and you now see Conservative women occupying posts like Home Secretary, Education Secretary, Agriculture Secretary, Development Secretary, vitals jobs with really good people, doing their jobs to secure the future of this country and I'm very proud of that." One of the big surprises was William Hague's resignation as foreign secretary. Defense Minister Philip Hammond -- a known Euroskeptic -- will take his place. Hague welcomed the new appointment. (SOUNDBITE) (English) OUTGOING BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY, WILLIAM HAGUE, SAYING: "We're very clear and united on Europe and Philip Hammond, David Cameron and I all have exactly the same policy on Europe. We want to improve Britain's relationship with the EU and then hold a referendum on staying in or leaving the European Union. We're all committed to that, the Conservative Party is more united on this issue than it has been actually in the whole time that I've been in politics, in all that long time. So we're all going to be campaigning for that and I know Philip Hammond is going to be committed to that." Another big surprise was Cameron's decision to sack a longstanding ally, Education Secretary Michael Gove. His radical school reforms had provoked anger among teachers. As for women politicians, they will now make up six of the 23-person Cabinet -- up from three of 22 before.

Cameron says cabinet reshuffle reflects "modern Britain"

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 - 01:40

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