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British PM culls the 'pale, male and stale' in Cabinet reshuffle, as more women are added

Published on Jul 15, 2014 8:18 PM
A combination photograph shows Britain's new Cabinet members, (top, left to right) Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Liz Truss, Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Employment Esther McVey, (bottom left to right) Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Secretary of State for Wales Stephen Crabb and Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon, at 10 Downing Street in central London, on July 15, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - British Prime Minister David Cameron named arch-Eurosceptic Philip Hammond as his new Foreign Secretary on Tuesday in a major Cabinet reshuffle ahead of next year's general election.

Mr Hammond, the former defence secretary who replaces Mr William Hague, supports Britain leaving the European Union in a referendum in 2017 unless significant powers are returned to London. He has been replaced as Defence Secretary by Mr Michael Fallon, a veteran loyalist.

Tuesday's reshuffle is the biggest since Mr Cameron's Conservative-led coalition government took office in 2010 and marks a bid to broaden his party's appeal at the election. He has promised a referendum on Britain leaving the European Union in three years' time if he stays in power.

Mr Cameron also said Tuesday he had nominated Mr Jonathan Hill, leader of Parliament's Upper Chamber the House of Lords, as Britain's next EU Commissioner. Mr Hill is little known, even in Britain, but was described by media as a mild Eurosceptic.

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