Jeremy Richard Streynsham Hunt MP (born November 1, 1966) is an English politician. He became the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 14 October 2022. He was born in Kennington, London. He is the Member of Parliament for South West Surrey. He was the Secretary of State for Health from 2012 - 2018. He was the longest-serving Health Secretary in British political history.
|Chancellor of the Exchequer|
|Assumed office |
14 October 2022
|Prime Minister||Liz Truss|
|Preceded by||Kwasi Kwarteng|
|Chair of the Health and Social Care Select Committee|
29 January 2020 – 14 October 2022
|Prime Minister||Boris Johnson|
|Preceded by||Sarah Wollaston|
|Succeeded by||Steve Brine|
9 July 2018 – 24 July 2019
|Prime Minister||Theresa May|
|Preceded by||Boris Johnson|
|Succeeded by||Dominic Raab|
|Secretary of State for Health and Social Care[a]|
4 September 2012 – 9 July 2018
|Preceded by||Andrew Lansley|
|Succeeded by||Matt Hancock|
|Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport|
12 May 2010 – 4 September 2012
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||Ben Bradshaw|
|Succeeded by||Maria Miller|
|Member of Parliament|
for South West Surrey
|Assumed office |
5 May 2005
|Preceded by||Virginia Bottomley|
Jeremy Richard Streynsham Hunt
1 November 1966
Lucia Guo (m. 2009)
|Alma mater||Magdalen College, Oxford (BA)|
He gained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Magdalen College, Oxford. He is a member of the Conservative Party. He was first elected in the 2005 general election. He was appointed as a Privy Counsellor on 13 May 2010.
On 24 May 2019, Hunt announced his campaign to run for Leader of the Conservative Party in the 2019 election. On 20 June, Hunt and Boris Johnson became the final two candidates in the contest. He lost the election to Johnson on 22 July. He later quit as Foreign Secretary.
He was Chair of the Health and Social Care Select Committee from 2020 to 2022,
In July 2022, Hunt announced his second candidacy for Conservative Party leader in the leadership race to replace Boris Johnson. He was eliminated from the election in the first round of voting on 13 July.
Political career change
Conservative Party leadership candidate (2019) change
Main articleː 2019 Conservative Party leadership election
After Theresa May resigned as Prime Minister on the 24 May 2019, Hunt announced his campaign to become the next Leader of the Conservative Party., On 20 June 2019, he was named one of the final two candidates. Hunt was defeated by Boris Johnson after the Conservative Party's members voted in the final round. Hunt got 33.6% of the vote, and Johnson got 66.4% of the vote. Hunt was criticised when his campaign was given £10,000 by a close associate to Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. This criticism was because Mohammed bin Salman has been accused of human right violations. Following Boris Johnson's election as party leader, Hunt was offered the role of Secretary of State for Defence in Johnson's Cabinet, but decided to decline the offer.
Conservative Party leadership candidate (July–September 2022) change
Following the resignation of Boris Johnson as Leader of the Conservative Party, Hunt announce he would be participating in the Conservative Party leadership election to replace Johnson as Leader. He criticised Johnson for investing in infrastructure instead of "wealth creation", and proposed policies including a moratorium on taxes for businesses in underdeveloped areas for five years, and a cut to corporation tax to 15% instead of a proposed rise to 25%. He also said he would retain the rise in National Insurance rates, and would not cut income tax until he "[got] the economy growing". Hunt said Esther McVey would be Deputy Prime Minister if he were to become prime minister. He was removed in the first round of voting on 13 July, receiving 18 votes. He endorsed Rishi Sunak after being removed.
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