Boris Johnson LIVE: Hammer blow for PM as new favourite for Tory party leader revealed

Having revealed that he recently recovered from cancer Mr Hunt, who came second to Boris Johnson in 2019, is seen as the leading candidate from the Remainer wing of the Conservatives, although he has insisted he would not take the UK back into the EU.

He has held three major cabinet positions including health where he successfully took on the doctors strike and could be seen as someone to resist militant unions like the RMT planning months of industrial action.