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Philip Hammond confirmed as foreign secretary in Government reshuffle

Joseph McCormick July 15, 2014
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Tory former defence secretary Philip Hammond has been appointed the foreign secretary in the Government reshuffle, after William Hague stepped down.

The Prime Minister’s official Twitter account confirmed his appointment this morning, after senior ministers leaked the announcement last night.

Hammond came out against same-sex marriage in 2012, and last year said there was “no demand” for same-sex marriage and that it was “upsetting vast numbers of people”.

After vocally opposing same-sex marriage, he in January this year said that he is now accepting of same-sex marriage, and claimed critics should ‘get used to it and move on’.

Previously a strong opponent of same-sex marriage, Mr Hammond was one of the most senior ministers to abstain from major Commons votes on same-sex marriage last year, but later voted with the government in favour of secondary legislation.

After changing his stance, he attempted to mitigate his previous position, saying: “I was never against the principle. My concern was about the pace. But that’s history.”

William Hague stepped down from the position, and announced he will not stand again in the 2015 election. He will take on the role of leader of the House of Commons, with immediate effect.

A replacement for Hammond in the role of defence secretary is expected to be announced on Tuesday.

Related topics: Philip Hammond, reshuffle

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