Jeremy Richard Streynsham Hunt, PC, MP (born 1 November 1966) is a British Conservative Party politician, who is the Secretary of State for Health, and the Member of Parliament for South West Surrey. He was previously Culture Secretary (2010-2012).
Hunt was elected at the 2005 general election, after Virginia Bottomley was created a life peeress. Hunt is related to Virginia Bottomley by marriage. He was elected to represent the constituency of South West Surrey with an increased majority of 5,711.
After supporting David Cameron's bid for leadership of the Conservative Party, he was appointed Shadow Minister for Disabled People in December 2005. In David Cameron's reshuffle of 2 July 2007, Hunt joined the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. When the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats formed a coalition following the 2010 general election, Hunt was appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (combining the roles of leading the Department for Culture, Media and Sport with that of Minister for the Olympics). He was consequently appointed a Privy Councillor on 13 May 2010.
Hunt was appointed Health Secretary in a cabinet reshuffle on 4 September 2012, succeeding Andrew Lansley. He described the appointment as "huge task and the biggest privilege of my life". In June 2013 he also announced plans to charge foreign nationals for using the NHS claiming that the cost was up to £200m though official figures put it at £33m.
September 5, 2012