Jeremy Hunt promoted to Foreign Secretary

The news comes alongside a significant shake-up in the Conservative party over Brexit.

James McKay
9 July 2018

Jeremy Hunt has been promoted to Foreign Secretary and replaced by Matt Hancock.

Jeremy Hunt, the former Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has been named as the new Foreign Secretary after after the resignation of Borris Johnson earlier today.


Mr. Hunt has spent the last seven years as Health Secretary – the longest anybody has ever held the role. It was rumored earlier this year that Mr. Hunt was preparing for a leadership bid should Theresa May step down.

The news comes alongside an impromptu ‘mini-reshuffle’ by Theresa May, following the shock resignations of senior cabinet ministers David Davis and Boris Johnson earlier today.

The news comes on the same day that a major survey by Nursing Standard and the Sunday Mirror revealed that two-thirds of nurses say that patient care has deteriorated significantly in the past five years.

New Health Secretary has been named.

Matt Hancock has been named as the new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

Hancock previously worked as an economist for the Bank of England before becoming an economic advisor to George Osbourne and later his Chief of Staff. He has previously assumed a number of ministerial posts under both David Cameron and Theresa May.


Mr. Hancock has been serving as the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport since January 2018.

A statement from Downing Street this evening said: “The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.” and “pleased to approve the appointment of the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.”

In a statement on social media, Mr Hancock said; “Really looking forward to joining The Department of Health and Social care at such an important time for our great NHS. I can’t wait to get started”.

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