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Jeremy Hunt appointed as Foreign Secretary after Westminster fall out

PUBLISHED: 21:38 09 July 2018 | UPDATED: 21:38 09 July 2018

Matt Hancock leaves 10 Downing Street, London, where he was appointed as the new Health and Social Care Secretary, following Jeremy Hunt's appointment as Foreign Secretary. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 9, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Brexit. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Matt Hancock leaves 10 Downing Street, London, where he was appointed as the new Health and Social Care Secretary, following Jeremy Hunt's appointment as Foreign Secretary. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 9, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Brexit. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Following a tumultuous 48 hours at Westminster, Jeremy Hunt has been named the new Foreign Secretary.

File photo of health secretary Jeremy Hunt. Photo: Neil Hall/PA WireFile photo of health secretary Jeremy Hunt. Photo: Neil Hall/PA Wire

Mr Hunt takes over from Boris Johnson, who made his shock resignation announcement this afternoon.

Mr Johnson criticised Mrs May’s Brexit plans in his speech, saying they would leave the UK a “colony” of the European Union.

He followed in the footsteps of David Davis, who announced his resignation late on Sunday night.

Brexit minister Steve Baker also left the Government, while Chris Green quit his position as an unpaid parliamentary aide at the Department for Transport.

Replacing Mr Hunt as Health Secretary will be West Suffolk Member of Parliament Matt Hancock, previously the Secretary for Culture.

Mr Hancock took to twitter to react to the news, writing: “Really looking forward to joining @DHSCgovuk (Department of Health and Social Care) at such an important time for our great NHS. I can’t wait to get started.”

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