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Philip Hammond is new UK foreign minister

London, July 15, 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron appointed Philip Hammond as foreign minister on Tuesday as he reshuffles his cabinet ahead of the 2015 general election.

"Philip Hammond is the new Foreign Secretary," Cameron said on his official Twitter feed.

Hammond, who has served as Defence Secretary since 2011, replaces William Hague, who resigned late on Monday.

Hammond has said he would rather leave the European Union if Cameron can't get better membership terms.

Cameron also sacked ally Michael Gove as education minister, one of his ruling Conservative party's most prominent right-wing ideologues, promoting Nicky Morgan, a woman, in his place.

"Michael Gove is Commons Chief Whip," Cameron said on his official twitter feed, saying Gove would now become one of the lawmakers who enforces voting discipline in parliament. "He'll have an enhanced role in campaigning and doing broadcast media interviews."

Morgan, Minister for Women and Equalities, was appointed Education Secretary, while Liz Truss was appointed as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the place of Owen Paterson. - Reuters




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