Who is Jeremy Hunt? – The Sun | The Sun

JEREMY Hunt has been Chancellor of the Exchequer since 2022.

Here, we look at his political career, and what he has been involved in.

Who is Jeremy Hunt?

Jeremy Richard Streynsham Hunt – born on November 1, 1966 – has been a Conservative Party MP since 2005.

He studied PPE – Philosophy, Politics and Economics – at Magdalen College, Oxford, and was President of the Oxford University Conservative Association.

He worked for two years as a management consultant with OC&C Strategy Consultants, before he moved to Japan and became an English teacher there.

He returned to Britain and tried to pursue several business ventures, before joining the politics scene.

In 1999, he set up Hotcourses, which gave guidance to people wanting to study abroad.



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In 2005, he was elected as Tory MP for South West Surrey with a majority of 5,711.

Hunt backed Remain in the Brexit referendum.

He has twice ran to become the Conservative Party leader, losing to Boris Johnson and later to Rishi Sunak.

As well as his work in politics, Hunt plays an active role in a charity he set up to help Aids orphans in Africa.

What roles has Jeremy Hunt worked in?

In December 2005 Hunt was appointed Shadow Minister for Disabled People, when the Tories were in opposition.

He joined the Shadow Cabinet in July 2007 as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

He became Culture Secretary in Government under the Coalition government in 2010 when the Tories returned to power.

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He went on to spend six years as the Secretary of State for Health, from September 2012 to July 2018.

He became Foreign Secretary in 2018, but didn't keep the job when Boris became PM in 2019.

In January 2020, Hunt was elected Chair of the Health and Social Care Select Committee with support across all parties.

After three years on the backbenches, the twice-failed candidate to be PM was parachuted into the second most powerful job in Government by Liz Truss, when she made him Chancellor.

When was Jeremy Hunt appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer?

On October 14, 2022, Hunt was appointed to the role of Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Following the market meltdown unleashed in his mini budget, former Prime Minister Liz Truss appointed Hunt after firing Kwasi Kwarteng.

As Britain’s fourth chancellor in as many months, it now falls to him to steer the country through the most economically febrile period in  post-war history.

However, Truss' decision cost her the job of PM, after he reversed her mini budget with a bombshell statement.

He scrapped:

  • the rise of corporation tax from 19% to 25%
  • removed the 45% top income tax rate for high earned
  • cut the basic rate of income tax by 1p to 19p
  • the freezing rates on alcohol duty
  • tax-free shopping for non-UK visitors

He also decided to change the length of the £2,500 energy price cap and announced that it will only last until April 2023 rather than April 2024.

After just 44 days, Liz Truss resigned from her position and now Hunt is working hand-in-hand with Rishi Sunak.

Longtime pal Steve Brine MP said Mr Hunt would manage the government like a “chief executive” to Ms Truss’s “chairmanship”.

Is Jeremy Hunt married and does he have children?

Jeremy Hunt has been married to Lucia Guo – from China – since July 2009.

Lucia was dubbed Hunt's "secret weapon".

Together they have three children, Jack, Anna, and Eleanor.

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