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Reports Jeremy Hunt is to stand for Conservative Party leadership

Jeremy Hunt speaking at Haslemere Festival - picture credited to Jeremy Hunt/Twitter

It's reported South West Surrey MP Jeremy Hunt has announced he'll be standing in the Conservative Party leadership contest.

Mr Hunt's been speaking at Haslemere Festival, where it's believed he confirmed his intention to stand.

He's been the Government's Foreign Secretary in recent months, having also previously worked as Health Secretary.

His announcement comes hours after Theresa May said she'll be stepping aside as Tory Party leader on Friday 7th June.

She's going to continue as Prime Minister until a successor is chosen, with a leadership contest due to start on Monday 10th June.

In a tweet, Mr Hunt has said now is the time to put aside Brexit differences and unite as a party and a country.

You can take a look at reaction to Theresa May's announcement from earlier today here. 

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