He became involved in Conservative politics while at university, where David Cameron and Boris Johnson were contemporaries. On his return to Britain he tried his hand at a number of different entrepreneurial business ventures, with three failed start-ups  including an attempt to export marmalade to Japan.
Hunt had been interested in creating a 'guide to help people who want to study rather than just travel abroad'  and together with Elms founded a company known as Hotcourses in the s, a major client of which is the British Council. Hunt was elected at the general election , after the previous Conservative MP Virginia Bottomley was created a life peeress. In the same year, he was a co-author of a policy pamphlet Direct Democracy: An Agenda For A New Model Party which included statements supporting denationalising the NHS and suggested replacing it with "universal insurance".
Hunt later denied that the policy pamphlet expresses his views. When the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats formed a coalition following the general election , Hunt was appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport combining the roles of leading the Department for Culture, Media and Sport with that of Minister for the Olympics.
He was consequently appointed a Privy Councillor on 13 May In , Hunt was investigated by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. As a result, public funds provided a benefit to the constituency agent Mr Hunt received no real financial benefit from the arrangement and that the error was caused by his misinterpretation of the rules. It is clear that, as a new Member in May , his office arrangements were at best disorganised.
After the result which supported Brexit was announced, Hunt suggested a second referendum on the terms of any exit deal with him personally backing one in which the UK would stay in the Single Market. He said that it would be "incredibly challenging economically" and that "It would lead to a fissure in relations which would be highly damaging for that great partnership that we have had for so many years, which has been so important in sustaining the international order. In September , The Observer reported "raised eyebrows" when Hunt's former parliamentary assistant , Naomi Gummer, was given a job within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on a fixed-term civil service contract after Hunt had proposed departmental cuts of 35—50 per cent.
As Culture Secretary, Hunt devised and championed a plan to give Britain the fastest broadband speeds in Europe. There was initial scepticism about his plans with concerns they could lead to BT regaining its monopoly. Changes were made to the inheritance tax - including measures to encourage private gifts to the arts. During Hunt's tenure, competition and policy issues relating to media and telecommunications became the responsibility of the Culture Secretary; they were removed from the purview of the Business Secretary, Vince Cable , after Cable was recorded stating that he had "declared war" on Rupert Murdoch.
Hunt was consequently given the quasi-judicial power to adjudicate over the News Corporation takeover bid for BSkyB. Hunt chose not to refer the deal to the Competition Commission , announcing on 3 March that he intended to accept a series of undertakings given by News Corporation , paving the way for the deal to be approved.
The bid was eventually dropped.
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The revelations led to calls from the Labour opposition and others for Hunt's resignation. Hunt said Lord Justice Leveson should be able to investigate and rule on the accusations and requested the earliest date possible to give evidence to the Inquiry to set out his side of the story. Hunt appeared before the Leveson inquiry on 31 May , when it emerged that Hunt had himself been in text and private email contact with James Murdoch. The Culture Secretary is out there hiding behind a tree, I said. Lord Justice Leveson cleared Hunt of bias when the report was published, stating that "in some respects, there was much to commend in Mr Hunt's handling of the bid".
Whatever he had said, both publicly and in private, about News Corp or the Murdochs, as soon as he was given the responsibility for dealing with the bid the evidence demonstrates a real desire on his part to get it right. His actions as a decision maker were frequently adverse to News Corp's interests.
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He showed a willingness to follow Ofcom's advice and to take action, to the extent recommended by the regulators, in response to the consultation. In June , Hunt attracted controversy for suggesting football hooliganism played a part in the death of 96 football fans in the Hillsborough disaster ; when it has been established that a lack of police control and the presence of terraces and perimeter fences were the causes of the tragedy.
Margaret Aspinall, chairman of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, said of Hunt's comments: "I am very angry that he has shown such ignorance of the facts. He is an absolute disgrace. When it transpired that contractors G4S could not provide enough security staff for the Games, Hunt announced that soldiers would be drafted in and that he had been forced to "think again" about the default use of private contractors. The Games received widespread acclaim for their organisation, with the volunteers, the British military and public enthusiasm praised particularly highly.
Although there was criticism at the time of cuts in the school sports budget,  11, schools took part in the School Games in the first year. Hunt was appointed Health Secretary in a cabinet reshuffle on 4 September , succeeding Andrew Lansley. Those who could not afford to save enough would be funded by the state. The Daily Telegraph science correspondent Tom Chivers expressed concern in that Hunt was known to have supported homoeopathy.
However, he did support NHS funding for it if recommended by a doctor. In , Hunt said that he was in favour of reducing the abortion limit from 24 weeks to 12 weeks. He stated that "there are natural monopolies in healthcare, where patient choice is never going to drive change". In July , Hunt became the subject of the first petition on a new UK Government website to reach the threshold of , signatures required for a petition to be considered for debate in Parliament. The petition called for a debate on a vote of "No Confidence" in Hunt as Health Secretary,   and ultimately recorded , signatures leading to a debate on the motion being scheduled in September In , an undercover Daily Telegraph investigation showed that in some cases locum agencies, Medicare and Team24 owned by Capita were charging some hospitals higher fees than others and giving false company details.
Hunt criticised those who sought "big profits" at the expense of the NHS and taxpayers and promised to "reduce the margins rip-off agencies are able to generate. Hunt again drew condemnation from medical professionals when it was reported in January he had suggested that parents should go online to look at photos of rashes if worried that a child may have meningitis. Specific disapproval was drawn to the fact that a rash caused by deadly meningitis can look very similar to other conditions, as well as professionals pointing out the time-critical nature of meningitis.
In May , a report by the House of Commons public accounts committee criticised Hunt's plan for a seven-day NHS, saying "no coherent attempt" had made to understand staffing needs, the plan was "completely uncosted", and contained "serious flaws". He announced an increase of up to 1, extra places at medical schools in the UK in , with it being partly funded by an increase in international medical student fees.
In January , Hunt apologised to patients in England affected by the decision to postpone tens of thousands of operations. In February , Hunt attracted attention after defending the universal coverage provided by the NHS against US President Donald Trump , saying "I may disagree with claims made on that march but not ONE of them wants to live in a system where 28m people have no cover.
NHS may have challenges but I'm proud to be from the country that invented universal coverage — where all get care no matter the size of their bank balance". The decision was criticised by the Patients Association and National Voices. In July , Hunt indicated that he would be prepared to impose a new consultant contract on doctors in England which would remove the opt out for non-emergency work at weekends.
He stated this was to prevent "about 6, avoidable deaths" resulting from a "Monday to Friday culture" in some areas of the NHS and to reintroduce "a sense of vocation" in consultants.
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At the time NHS England also asked one of the authors to corroborate Hunt's figures who refused to do so, stating that it would interfere with the peer review of the unpublished paper; in response they reframed the figure as being based on earlier studies on its website in August In October , Hunt was accused by the editor of The BMJ Fiona Godlee of repeatedly misrepresenting a study published in the journal in the same year by Freemantle et al. He had used the study as key evidence when stating in parliament and in interviews with the media that reduced staffing levels of doctors at weekends directly led to 11, excess deaths.
Godlee asserted that the study's authors did not specify that the excess deaths were avoidable or that staffing levels were the cause. Hunt was also criticised for the fact that his claims about hospitals being more unsafe at weekends not merely misrepresented the facts but had potentially caused patients to delay going into hospitals and thus put them at risk.
His critics described the Hunt Effect where patients who needed medical attention at a weekend had been deterred from doing so because they were persuaded that it would be better to wait until a Monday. NHS England confirmed that it would not be possible to separate weekend and weekday performance from the data. In January , Hunt was criticised by top stroke doctors for using out-of-date data to try to show that stroke patients are more likely to die if they are admitted at weekends. They wrote that there had been significant improvements since —12, when the data Hunt had referenced came from, and that new data showed there was "no longer any excess of hospital deaths in patients with stroke admitted at the weekend.
In February , a mid-January internal report by the Department of Health was leaked. It stated the department was unable to find evidence to prove a link between increased consultant presence, availability of diagnostic tests, and reducing weekend mortality and length of stay. In May , another study also concluded there was no evidence that people were more likely to die in hospitals at the weekend. They described 13 major risks in delivering the "truly seven-day NHS" pledge promised by the Conservative party prior to the general election.
These included a lack of staff and funding for the policy. The documents also discussed that no advance impact assessments had been made to show how the policy would affect the delivery of NHS services. In September , the Department of Health announced that they would impose new contracts for junior doctors in England after the British Medical Association BMA , a professional association and trade union representing doctors said that they would not re-enter negotiations, despite the independent Doctors' and Dentists' remuneration review body recommending the deal.
Many junior doctors said they would leave the NHS if the contract was forced through. Hunt later tried to reassure the BMA that no junior doctor would face a pay cut, before admitting that those who worked longer than 56 hours a week would face a fall in pay. In February , Hunt announced he would be unilaterally imposing the new junior doctors' contract without agreement or further negotiation, with NHS trusts instructed to introduce it in August. On 19 November , the result of the BMA strike ballot was announced, with After the results were announced, the BMA council chair Mark Porter appealed to the health secretary to resume negotiations facilitated by Acas.
An agreement was not reached by the junior doctors committee JDC 4 January deadline, so the BMA announced that a strike would go ahead, blaming "the government's continued failure to address junior doctors' concerns about the need for robust contractual safeguards on safe working, and proper recognition for those working unsocial hours. This was the first junior doctors' strike for forty years. In response to Hunt's announcement in February of the imposition of the new junior doctors' contract, the BMA announced three hour long strikes where junior doctors would only provide emergency care.
They also issued a legal challenge over the contract. In the lead up to his imposition of the contract, Hunt had repeatedly stated publicly and in Parliament his intention to do so. Even when challenged, he reiterated this intent and also confirmed that he had the power to do so.
In order to successfully defend the case against him, lawyers acting on his behalf conceded that he did not actually have the power to impose the contract, and asserted that Hunt was not to be held accountable for things he had said in Parliament. They also argued the High Court did not have the authority to rule over whether he had misled Parliament.
In , Hunt attempted to downgrade casualty and maternity units in Lewisham. In July a cross-party committee of MP's ascertained that Hunt had 'broken his pledges on NHS funding and is misleading the public about health service reforms'. The committee claimed the 'Government has used a different definition of spending to calculate the figures which made it appear that a larger increase in spending had occurred than was actually they case'.
But when questioned he conceded that in the accounts offered for spending had been stretched to include the previous year. It is this use of an 'extra year' in the accounts which added further fuel to the claim that Hunt has knowingly misled the public on public health funding. During , Stephen Hawking publicly criticised Hunt's management of the NHS and supported legal action against further reforms, including accountable care organisations ACOs. In April , The Daily Telegraph revealed that Hunt breached anti-money laundering legislation by failing to declare his 50 per cent interest in a property firm to Companies House within the required 28 days.
A spokesman for Hunt said that Hunt's "accountant made an error in the Companies House filing, which was a genuine oversight. The Labour Party referred Hunt to the parliamentary commissioner for standards. Hunt has supported the Saudi Arabian-led military intervention in Yemen and described Saudi Arabia as a "very, very important military ally".
In August , Hunt defended Britain's alliance with Saudi Arabia after a bomb dropped on a school bus in Yemen killed 51 people, including 40 children, although he said he was "deeply shocked" at the deaths. Hunt said that the "UK-China Strategic Dialogue is an important opportunity to intensify our cooperation on shared challenges in international affairs, ranging from global free trade to non-proliferation and environmental challenges, under the UK-China Global Partnership and 'Golden Era' for UK-China relations. On 23 August , Hunt met U.
Hunt has threatened the United Arab Emirates with "serious diplomatic consequences" after it sentenced a British academic Matthew Hedges to life in prison for allegedly spying for the UK. Hunt said that "verdict is not what we expect from a friend and trusted partner of the United Kingdom and runs contrary to earlier assurances. In October , Hunt criticised the Xinjiang re-education camps and human rights abuses against the Uyghur Muslim minority in China , saying: "British diplomats who visited Xinjiang have confirmed that reports of mass internment camps for Uighur Muslims were 'broadly true'.
In February , whilst on a Brexit related visit to Ljubljana , Hunt caused anger by congratulating his hosts on "making really remarkable transformation from a Soviet vassal state to a modern European democracy. In April , Hunt condemned the United States for recognising Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights , saying: "We should never recognise the annexation of territory by force.
We want Israel to be a success and we consider them to be a great friend but on this we do not agree. In June , Hunt stated that he shares the U. Hunt announced his campaign to become the leader of the Conservative Party on 3 May , following the resignation of Prime Minister Theresa May. Hunt's brother Charlie runs a duvet and linens business. Hunt speaks Japanese, having studied the language for two years while working in Japan as an English language teacher in the s.
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On 19 March , at a charity auction at the Roundhouse in Camden, north London, Clarkson launched into a verbal tirade against BBC studio bosses related to his suspension from the programme, saying "The BBC have fucked themselves. On 25 March , the BBC released an official statement confirming that, as a result of the actions which led to his suspension, they would not be renewing his contract with the show.
In his Sunday Times column on 19 April, Clarkson revealed that two days before he hit Tymon, he had been told by his doctor that a lump he had could be cancer of the tongue. Testing later confirmed that it was not cancerous. In the same column, he stated that he had initially considered retiring from television following his dismissal, but was now planning a new motoring programme. Clarkson married Alex Hall in , but she left him for one of his friends after six months.
In September , Clarkson was granted a privacy injunction against his first wife to prevent her from publishing claims that their sexual relationship continued after his second marriage see AMM v HXW. You take out an injunction against somebody or some organisation and immediately news of that injunction and the people involved and the story behind the injunction is in a legal-free world on Twitter and the Internet. Clarkson is a fan of the progressive rock band Genesis and attended the band's reunion concert at Twickenham Stadium in He also provided sleeve notes for the reissue of the album Selling England by the Pound as part of the Genesis — box set.
Clarkson was involved in a protracted legal dispute about access to a "permissive path" across the grounds of his second home, a converted lighthouse, on the Isle of Man between and , after reports that dogs had attacked and killed sheep on the property. On 4 August , he was admitted to hospital after falling ill with pneumonia while on a family vacation in Majorca , Spain and was being treated in a hospital there. I have quite literally defied medical science". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. English broadcaster, journalist and writer. Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson .
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He just walked around the family hatchback, rubbing his chin and shaking his head a bit, saying absolutely nothing. It was a characteristically clever trick, but it didn't do the folks who made that car any favours. The Vectra wasn't the smash hit that Vauxhall hoped it would be. The Press Association.
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The German government is said to be highly displeased: diplomats pointed out that, had Clarkson made the Nazi salute on German television, he could be facing six months behind bars as, joking or not, such behaviour is illegal under the country's post-war constitution. The German motoring press, initially sharply critical of Clarkson's constant anti-German diatribes, nowadays portrays him as a sore loser, i.
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