- Jeremy Hunt (politician)
name = Jeremy Hunt
honorific-suffix = MP
office = Shadow
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
Minister for the Olympics
2 July 2007
Member of Parliamentfor
South West Surrey
5 May 2005
majority2 = 5,711 (10.9%)
birth_date = Birth date and age|1966|11|01|df=yes
nationality = British
party = Conservative
Magdalen College, Oxford
The eldest son of Nicholas Hunt, Jeremy Hunt was raised near
Godalmingin Surreyin the heart of the constituencythat he now represents in Parliament. He still lives in the seat at Farnham.
Jeremy's father was a senior officer in the
Royal Navyand he grew up in an economically-privileged family. Hunt attended Charterhouse Schoolwhere he was head boy, and subsequently Magdalen College, Oxford, where he achieved a First in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics(PPE). In private he later described the last year of his degree as one of the toughest in his life because of the stress imposed by his effort to obtain a First.Fact|date=March 2008
Shortly after graduating he became a management consultant before resigning to become an English language teacher in
Japan. Japan made a big impact on Hunt - he became a proficient speaker of Japanese and an enthusiast for modern Japanese culture. For many years, Japan, politics, his business interests, and a busy social life were Hunt's main passions.
On his return to Britain, Hunt joined Profile PR - a
public relationsagency specializing in IT co-founded by his childhood friend Mike Elms. With clients such as BT, Bull Integris, and ZetafaxProfile did well during the IT boom of the mid 1990s. Hunt and Elms later sold their interest in Profile in order to concentrate on directory publishing. Together they founded a company now known as Hotcourses one of whose major clients is the British Council.Hotcourses also provides financial support to Hunt's parliamentary office (see House of Commons Directory of Member Interests and Directory of MPs'Research Assistants' Interests).
Member of Parliament
Jeremy Hunt was elected at the 2005 general election, after
Virginia Bottomleybecame a life peer. He won the constituency with an increased majority of 5,711.
After supporting David Cameron's bid for leadership of the Conservative Party, he was appointed Shadow Minister for Disabled People in December 2005. He was then promoted to the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport, in David Cameron's reshuffle of the
2 July 2007.
He launched his own YouTube Channel in March 2008. [cite web|url=http://www.youtube.com/user/mpjeremyhunt|title=Jeremy Hunt's YouTube Channel|accessdate=2008-08-12]
Toryof the same generation as David Cameronand Boris JohnsonHunt became fired with enthusiasm for politics during the Thatcher Years of the 1980s - a period which coincided with his time at Oxford University.
Whilst at University he became deeply involved in the
Oxford University Conservative Association(OUCA).
Hunt founded a charity to help fund the education of
AIDSorphans in Africa. As a result AIDShas become one of his special areas of expertise as an MP.
Hunt hung back for many years from putting himself forward for selection as a parliamentary candidate. When asked why he argued that he felt that he had "not achieved enough" in the real world outside politics.
* [http://www.localconservatives.org Jeremy Hunt's Official website]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/mpdb/html/561.stm Jeremy Hunt's biography - BBC Politics]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4096326.stm Meet the MP in June 2005]
* [http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/jeremy_hunt/south_west_surrey TheyWorkForYou.com - Jeremy Hunt MP]
* [http://www.youtube.com/user/mpjeremyhunt Jeremy Hunt's YouTube Channel]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/ondemand/rams/wup17123__2005.ram Talking on the BBC World Service about the 2005 election campaign]
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