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Jeremy Hunt remains health secretary

Jeremy Hunt is to remain as health secretary. Credit: PA Wire

Jeremy Hunt is to remain as Health Secretary, Downing Street said.

Earlier reports suggested Hunt had been sacked but Number 10 said new Prime Minister Theresa May had decided to keep him in the role.

Hunt joked that "reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated".

"Thrilled to be back in the best job in government," he tweeted.

Jeremy Hunt 'set for new Cabinet role'

Jeremy Hunt appears likely to take up a new Cabinet position, according to reports.

Earlier reports suggested he had been sacked, but Number 10 dismissed the reports as pure speculation.

ITV News Westminster News Editor Samana Haq tweeted:

Jeremy Hunt sacked as health secretary, reports say

As health secretary Mr Hunt found himself in conflict with junior doctors Credit: PA Wire

Jeremy Hunt has been sacked as secretary of state for health, according to reports.

The move is likely to please many junior doctors who have been at loggerheads with Mr Hunt over the imposition of new contracts.

However, later reports indicated Mr Hunt had not in fact been fired but would likely be given a role in the new Cabinet.


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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