Jeremy Hunt was first elected Conservative Member of Parliament for South West Surrey in May
2005, and re-elected in May 2010 with an increased majority of 16,318 making the seat one of the safest Conservative seats in the country and received the third highest amount of votes out of all MPs.
In September 2012 Jeremy was appointed as Secretary of State for Health. Prior to this he was appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport in May 2010 during which time he oversaw a successful Olympic and Paralympic Games in London in the summer of 2012. He had shadowed this brief in opposition since July 2007.
As Health Secretary, he has identified the following priority areas to make progress in health and care:
- Preventing people from dying prematurely by improving mortality rates for the big killer diseases to be among the best in Europe, through improving prevention, diagnosis and treatment;
- Improving the standard of care throughout the system so that quality of care is considered as important as quality of treatment, through greater accountability, better leadership, training and support for staff, tougher, more comprehensive inspections and quality ratings, and more attention paid to what patients say;
- Improving treatment and care of people with dementia and other long term conditions;
- Bringing the technology revolution to health and care.
Across all of these priorities is the ambition to provide transparent, comparable data, accessible to the public, professionals and commissioners to drive real improvements in performance and outcomes.
Jeremy went to school in South West Surrey, and then studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Magdalen College, Oxford, gaining a first class honours degree. After a brief period as a management consultant he went to Japan for two years where he supported himself teaching English whilst he learnt Japanese. He then returned to the UK and with a
business partner set up Hotcourses Ltd, the UK’s largest publisher of guides and websites to help people choose the right school, college, university or course. He remains a non-Executive director of Hotcourses, which now employs over 150 people. He also founded a charity to help fund the education of AIDS orphans in Kenya called the Hotcourses
Foundation. Jeremy has a wife and young son and daughter.