David Cameron Takes Seat in the House of Lords: A Comeback Marked with Ermine Robes

David Cameron’s Formal Entry into the House of Lords

In a significant political development, former Prime Minister David Cameron officially assumed his role in the House of Lords, adopting the title Lord Cameron of Chipping Norton.

Dressed in the traditional ermine robes, Cameron took his place in the unelected upper house, making him the first ex-PM to join the Lords since Baroness Thatcher in 1992.

Return to Politics: Cameron’s Comeback Story

David Cameron, who spent seven years away from the political limelight following his resignation as PM in 2016, made a remarkable return to the forefront last week.

Rishi Sunak’s appointment of Cameron as Foreign Secretary, coupled with a peerage, marked his resurgence. Last week, Cameron embarked on his first overseas trip in his new role, meeting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv.

Swearing the Oath: Tradition and Ceremony

During the swearing-in ceremony in the packed chamber, Lord Cameron, supported by Lord True and Baroness Williams of Trafford, recited the oath of allegiance to King Charles.

The red benches were filled to capacity, with attendees including Lord Pickles, a former member of Cameron’s government. The ceremony concluded with Cameron taking his seat on the Government front bench.

Controversies and Scrutiny Surrounding the Appointment

While Cameron’s entry into the House of Lords was met with welcoming voices, it stirred controversy and raised questions.

The Liberal Democrats urged the Prime Minister’s ethics adviser to investigate the appointment of the new Foreign Secretary.

Concerns were expressed about Cameron’s inability to be questioned in the House of Commons and scrutiny of his business ties to China during his post-PM years.

Business Ties and Calls for Disclosure

Amid Cameron’s return to political prominence, scrutiny has focused on his business connections, particularly with China.

Questions surround his role in a UK-China investment fund and involvement with the Colombo Port City in Sri Lanka, part of China’s belt and road initiative.

Campaigners have called for transparency, urging Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s ethics chief to compel Lord Cameron to disclose the details of his past business dealings with China.

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