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Jeremy Hunt replaces Andrew Lansley as Health Secretary

Andrew Lansley ‘demoted’ to the role of leader of the House of Commons

Tuesday, 04 September 2012

Andrew Lansley has been replaced as Health Secretary by Jeremy Hunt as part of an extensive government reshuffle.

BBC News describes the move as a promotion for Mr Hunt, who has been under pressure for his handling of the BSkyB takeover bid.

Tuesday's cabinet meeting was cancelled to allow the prime minister to deal with the reshuffle - the first major restructuring since the Conservative-Lib Dem government came to power in 2010.

Speaking outside No 10, Mr Hunt said he was "incredibly honoured" to take over health.

"It is a huge task and the biggest privilege of my life," he told the BBC.

BBC News notes that Mr Lansley, the architect of controversial reforms to the NHS in England, has effectively been demoted to the more junior role of leader of the House of Commons.

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