Jeremy Hunt confirms he’s been sacked as foreign secretary

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Jeremy Hunt has been sacked as foreign secretary.

Hunt says he was offered another job (reportedly defence) but decided to return to the backbenches.

Announcing his departure on Twitter, Mr Hunt said: “I would have been honoured to carry on my work at the FCO but understand the need for a new PM to choose his team. BJ kindly offered me another role but after 9 yrs in Cabinet & over 300 cab mtgs now is the time to return 2 backbenches from where PM will have my full support.”

The Foreign Secretary – who was comprehensively beaten by Boris Johnson in the Tory leadership race – left the Government after turning down the chance to become Defence Secretary.

Johnson also axed a number of Mr Hunt’s supporters in a dramatic Cabinet clear-out within two hours of becoming Prime Minister.

Hunt who said that he has been cabinet minister for every hour that his three children have been alive, went on to say that it was ‘time for the biggest challenge of all – to be a good dad’.

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