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Jeremy Hunt announces he won't be standing as leader

Jeremy Hunt will not be taking part in the Tory leadership race. Credit: PA

Jeremy Hunt will not be standing for the Tory leadership, saying "now is not the right time".

In a statement, the Health Secretary gave his support to Theresa May.

I have decided that now is not the right time for me to run for the leadership - though I remain completely committed to ensuring we secure our position as a great trading nation with sensible controls on migration.

I believe that Theresa May has the strength, judgement and values to deliver those things. She is the right choice to lead Britain in a challenging period and will make a truly outstanding Prime Minister.

– Jeremy Hunt MP

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Hunt: 'Lessons will be learned at Southern Health'

Jeremy Hunt said he is sure "lessons will be learned" after a watchdog warned a scandal-hit NHS Trust is still failing to protect patients.

The Health Secretary said that most front-line care at Southern Health was excellent, but that there had been problems with leadership.

He added that he agreed with the watchdog's findings.

Last ditch attempt to halt junior doctors' strike dismissed

A last ditch attempt to halt next week's junior doctors' strike has failed today after Jeremy Hunt dismissed calls from MPs to agree to "a limited trial" ahead of "blanket introduction" of new contracts.

But as the NHS looks set to continue with the first all-out strike in its history, doctors made assurances that patients will be safe.

ITV News Correspondent Caron Bell reports:

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