When Jeremy Hunt made it to the final two of the Conservative leadership contest, many presumed this meant he had secured at the very least a senior job in Boris Johnson’s Cabinet. Alas it wasn’t to be. When Johnson won, the then-foreign secretary was swiftly offered the role of defence secretary. He declined – insisting that he wanted to stay put. As a result, Hunt was shown the door.
So, how does the MP for South West Surrey plan to spend his days now he is a mere backbencher? Rumours abound in Westminster that Hunt is considering putting himself forward for a coveted select committee chairmanship – the Health and Social Care Committee. Mr S understands that a number of MPs have been approached about potential support for the former health secretary.
As the longest serving health secretary in history, Hunt ought to be in a good place to interrogate the government about its various health election pledges, which have been questioned by numerous fact checking organisations.
Will Hunt have a chance to get one up on Johnson at last?