PHILIP-HAMMONDLondon: British Prime Minister David Cameron on July 15 named Philip Hammond the Foreign Secretary and Michael Fallon as the Defence Secretary.

Fallon succeeds Hammond, who in turn replaces William Hague following his surprise resignation from the Foreign Office.

The appointments were part of a cabinet reshuffle that included the promotion of more women to top jobs, including Liz Truss as environment secretary and Nicky Morgan as education minister.

The reshuffle is the largest since Cameron took office in 2010 and comes a year before the May 2015 general elections, in which the Conservative Party aims to gain an absolute majority.

In 2010, the Conservatives did not secure the necessary majority and had to form a coalition with the Liberal Democrats.