Jeremy Hunt confirmed as chancellor after Kwasi Kwarteng sacked

No 10 confirmed the appointment on Friday.

Jeremy Hunt confirmed as chancellor after Kwasi Kwarteng sacked UK Parliament

Jeremy Hunt has been appointed as the new Chancellor following the sacking of Kwasi Kwarteng.

It marks a return to government for Hunt, who last served as foreign secretary between 2018 and 2019.

The 55-year-old previously had long tenure as health secretary from 2012 until 2018 under both David Cameron and Theresa May.


Prime Minister Liz Truss will make a statement on Friday afternoon, with major parts of the Government’s mini-budget expected to be reversed.

In her letter to Kwarteng, Truss said that he had “put the national interest first” as she said she respected his decision.

“Thank you for your letter. As a long-standing friend and colleague, I am deeply sorry to lose you from the Government,” she told the outgoing chancellor.

“We share the same vision for our country and the same firm conviction to go for growth. You have been the Chancellor in extraordinarily challenging times in the face of severe global headwinds.

“The Energy Price Guarantee and the Energy Bill Relief scheme, which made up the largest part of the mini budget, will stand as one of the most significant fiscal interventions in modern times.

“Thanks to your intervention, families will be able to heat their homes this winter and thousands of jobs and livelihoods will be saved.”

Truss pledged to take forward supply side reforms set out by Kwarteng.

“You have cut taxes for working people by legislating this week to scrap the increase in National Insurance contributions,” she said.

“You have set in train an ambitious set of supply side reforms that this government will proudly take forward.

“These include new investment zones to unleash the potential of parts of our country that have been held back for too long and the removal of EU regulations to help British businesses succeed in the global economy.”

The Prime Minister concluded her letter by thanking Kwarteng for his service in government.

She added: “I deeply respect the decision you have taken today. You have put the national interest first.

“I know that you will continue to support the mission that we share to deliver a low tax, high wage, high growth economy that can transform the prosperity of our country for generations to come.

“Thank you for your service to this country and your huge friendship and support. I have no doubt you will continue to make a major contribution to public life in the years ahead.”

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