Profile: Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy HuntName: Jeremy Richard Streynsham Hunt1

Party: Conservative2

Birthdate: 1st November 19663

Education: Charterhouse, Godalming4; PPE at Magdalen College, Oxford5

Hometown: Godalming, Surrey6

Current residence: Farnham, Surrey; London7

Current job title: Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport8


Quote from Jeremy: Wisecrack on Max Mosely at UCHR9 and ‘Cablegate’10 – “One is about two women who wanted to tie a man up in knots… and the other is about Max Mosely”11

Quote about Jeremy: “We’re going to be talking to Jeremy C*nt, er, Hunt, the Culture Secretary about… *cough* …broadband” – James Naughtie12 13

Notable previous jobs:

  • Shadow Minister for Disabled People14
  • Shadow Culture Secretary15
  • Founded and ran Hotcourses – an educational publishing business16

Notable for:

  • Set up a charity to help AIDS orphans in Africa17

Political stuff:

  • Successfully campaigned for increased use of subtitling at the BBC18
  • Involvement in decision over Murdoch’s BskyB bid19
  • Subsequent approval of Murdoch’s BskyB bid20


  • Involvement in the expenses scandal: paid back around £9.5k21 22
  • Suggested that football hooliganism contributed to the Hillsborough disaster (he later apologised)23
  • Hired the daughter of a Tory peer and Hotcourses director as a parliamentary assistant and then as a (supposedly independent) departmental civil servant24


  • Head boy at Charterhouse25
  • Previous President of Oxford University Conservative Association26
  • Fluent in Japanese (having taught English in Japan)27
  • James Naughty and Andrew Marr both miss-spoke him name: a spoonerism of “Hunt” and “Culture”28

How Stuff Works: Parliamentary Naming – Addressing a fellow MP in the Chamber

The House of Commons is a unique place, full of ancient rules governing everything from what members may say to how they may leave the chamber. With the frequent broadcast of Parliamentary clips and growing popularity of Prime Minister’s Questions, many might wonder why members of parliament refer to each other in the way that they do. The ground rules of addressing fellow MPs in the chamber are as follows:

For the following examples we will use Jeremy Hunt, MP for South West Surrey, and member of the Privy Council, as the person we are addressing.

                Use of names and ‘you’ are not allowed

Referring to an MP by their name, such as ‘Jeremy’ or ‘Hunt’ is unparliamentary.

Using the pronoun ‘you’ is also breach of parliamentary protocol – ‘you’ always refers to the Speaker or Deputy Speaker.

                Official titles must be used instead – Constituency titles

In place of names and pronouns, MPs must refer to each other using official title, for example ‘The Honourable Member for South West Surrey”.

When an MP is also a member of the Privy Council[1], ‘Right’ suffixes their title, ‘The Right Honourable Member for South West Surrey”.

Furthermore, when referring to a Member from the same party, or from a coalition partner, the Member must account for this relationship: ‘My (Right) Honourable Friend, the Member for South West Surrey’.

It is also possible for members to substitute ‘Member’, with ‘Gentleman’ or ‘Lady’.

                Ministerial titles

Those MPs who are Ministers – either Secretaries of State or Junior Ministers – are often referred to as ‘the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport’ or ‘the Minister for <department>’, in place of their parliamentary title. Either their ministerial title or their constituency title may be used and is a choice is at the discretion of the member speaking.