Posted Date: 04th Sep 2012
Jeremy Hunt, formerly the Culture Secretary, has today been promoted to Health Secretary replacing Andrew Lansley. The move is part of an extensive government reshuffle:
"Speaking outside No 10, Mr Hunt said he was "incredibly honoured" to take over health.
"It is a huge task and the biggest privilege of my life," he told the BBC.
Mr Lansley, the architect of controversial reforms to the NHS in England, has effectively been demoted to the more junior role of leader of the House of Commons." BBC News
Jeremy Hunt's biography, from the Department for Culture website:
Mr Hunt was elected as MP for South West Surrey in May 2005. He was formerly Shadow Culture Secretary (2007-2010) and Shadow Minister for Disabled People (2005 - 2007). Before his election as an MP, Mr Hunt ran his own educational publishing business, Hotcourses. He also set up a charity to help AIDS orphans in Africa in which he continues to play an active role.
Born on 1 November 1966, Mr Hunt was educated at Charterhouse school, Godalming and Oxford University. He lives in Farnham and London with his wife, son and daughter.