Britain's new Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond arrives in Downing Street in London on July 15, 2014. AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL
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British Prime Minister David Cameron Tuesday pushed through his biggest government shake-up since coming to power in 2010, promoting women and Euroskeptics to senior roles in an appeal to voters in next May's national election.Hammond's pick as foreign secretary stoked speculation that Cameron was trying to give his part of the coalition a more Euroskeptic tinge to please an unruly wing of the party and to counter an electoral threat from the anti-EU U.K. Independence Party which won Britain's European elections in May.In 2013, he said that if the European Union failed to change and agree new terms for Britain's membership he would rather leave the bloc.He declined to repeat that opinion when asked Tuesday, saying he was confident he could help Cameron secure "significant" changes.Cameron appointed Jonathan Hill, a lord, to become Britain's next European commissioner.The Labour party has repeatedly criticized Cameron for what it says is his "women problem" – a relative lack of females in top Cabinet jobs.
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