This is the moment a woman who confesses she isn’t a ‘fan’ of David Cameron learns he has returned to government, before admitting she’s ‘not really’ happy he’s back.
The woman in a mobility scooter, speaking to Channel 4 News’ Paul McNamara, looked stunned to be told the former prime minister was ‘back’ as foreign secretary, in a brand new ‘Brenda from Bristol’ moment captured on the streets.
‘He’s back? What are you on about?’ she replies. The political correspondent then tells her: ‘He’s back, he’s back in government.’
‘You’re joking!’ she cries, and when the reporter tells her he isn’t, she turns her head to the side and grunts, ‘Oh.’
‘He’s the foreign secretary now,’ the Channel 4 newsman replies, to which she retorts: ‘Oh, is he? I missed that. I saw that the other one was fired, so I’m glad on that one.’
The woman was stunned to be told former prime minister David Cameron was back in government after seven years
Other voters were equally muted in response to the news of Cameron’s return, with one woman, right, claiming the ex-PM was a ‘waste of space’
This man, however, said he liked Lord Cameron – as he will now be known – because he is ‘not very provocative’
David Cameron walks into Downing Street on Wednesday morning ahead of his first Cabinet meeting as foreign secretary
But when Mr McNamara asks if she’s ‘glad’ he’s back, she replies: ‘Not really, no.’
The exchange was captured on the High Street in Dudley in the Red Wall heartlands of the West Midlands, where reception to Cameron’s return was muted among other voters.
One man’s response was simply: ‘Nah.’ Another woman called him a ‘waste of space’, adding: ‘They live in mansions, they haven’t got a clue how the other half live.’
However, one voter said he liked Cameron, because he’s ‘not very provocative’.
The woman’s reaction isn’t dissimilar to that of ‘Brenda from Bristol’ – who went viral in April 2017 after Cameron’s successor as PM, Theresa May, declared a snap general election.
Being told by the BBC’s Jon Kay that an election was on the horizon – less than a year after the Brexit referendum, and two years after the country went to the polls in 2015 – she exclaimed: ‘You’re joking! Not another one! Oh for God’s sake!’
She added: ‘There’s too much politics going on at the moment.’
Lord Cameron, as he will now be known – having been appointed to the House of Lords as a life peer in order to take up the foreign secretary role – has returned to government in a move that has sent shockwaves through British politics.
The devout Remainer quit as PM seven years ago after the UK voted to leave the EU and shortly afterwards gave up his seat as MP for Witney in Oxfordshire, seemingly stepping away from politics for good.
But his return comes after the ousting of Suella Braverman, following an article she wrote for The Times calling pro-Palestinian protesters ‘hate marchers’ without getting approval from Number 10.
Suella Braverman – pictured on Tuesday – was given the boot as home secretary after writing a contentious article for The Times that was not vetted by Number 10
David Cameron sits in his first Cabinet meeting as foreign secretary on Wednesday after being appointed in Rishi Sunak’s reshuffle
Rishi Sunak’s Cabinet reshuffle raised some eyebrows with the return of David Cameron to government
Dame Andrea Jenkyns has sent a letter of no confidence to the influential 1922 Committee, saying ‘it is time for Rishi Sunak to go’
The article, which accused the Metropolitan Police of ‘playing favourites’ when it came to policing marches, was described as ‘unhelpful’ by ex-Tory minister Tim Loughton – and was blamed by some for fuelling far-right hate at the Cenotaph on Saturday.
Ms Braverman has been replaced by James Cleverly, who has been shifted from the FCDO to the Home Office.
Rishi Sunak’s new-look cabinet, which met for the first time on Tuesday morning, is made up of a number of familiar faces, with half a dozen ministers having served in Lord Cameron’s governments.
Six who were either members or attended his Cabinets – Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt, Mark Harper, Grant Shapps, Andrew Mitchell and Esther McVey.
Ms McVey is officially a minister without portfolio – but is believed to have been given a brief to be a ‘minister for common sense’ crusading against ‘woke’ issues.
But the deposing of Ms Braverman – a favourite of the most right-leaning in the Conservative Party – has already led to one MP submitting a letter of no confidence in Mr Sunak to the chairman of the 1922 Committee.
Dame Andrea Jenkyns said in her letter to chair Sir Graham Brady that she had to ‘stand up and fight for true Conservatism’ after other contentious figures such as Therese Coffey were given the boot.