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Will Jeremy Hunt turn government inquisitor?

Will Jeremy Hunt turn government inquisitor?
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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?

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Steerpike is The Spectator's gossip columnist, serving up the latest tittle tattle from Westminster and beyond. Email tips to steerpike@spectator.co.uk.

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