UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has used a Twitter Q&A session to lay out his policies if he is voted the country’s Prime Minister, after rival Boris Johnson declined to debate him publicly on Tuesday.
While answering Twitter users’ questions on Brexit, Hunt promised to give full rights to Europeans living in the UK and to “deliver a Brexit that works for the 48% not just the 52% – a positive, open and internationalist Brexit, Great Britain not Little England.”
UK Conservative Party members will vote soon for either Hunt or Johnson to replace outgoing Theresa May. The winner will be announced July 23.
In his Twitter session, Hunt refused to comment on Johnson’s ‘personal life,’ despite rising public interest. Police responded to a reported altercation between Johnson and his partner, Carrie Symonds, on Friday.
He called Johnson’s choice to not debate “disrespectful.”
Hunt kicked off the Twitter Q&A by posting a photo of himself holding a baby. Projecting a ‘family man’ image, he also referenced his three children, aged 4, 7 and 9, during the session. This came after Hunt made what he described as a “terrible mistake” on his first official visit to China, accidentally describing his Chinese wife as Japanese during a meeting in Beijing in July last year.
Asked if he has private healthcare, he answered: “No! I use the NHS (National Health Service), which gave me three beautiful children.” And speaking about his proposed plans for Britain’s NHS, Hunt – a former Health Secretary – said he wants the UK to have the best cancer survival rates in Europe, safest baby care, more doctors, more nurses and full integration with the social care system.
“I know I had battles with NHS staff but they do a fantastic job and no better use for taxpayers’ money,” he said.
In response to another question, Hunt said his biggest lesson as Foreign Secretary has been: “Don’t start a war unless you know how to get out of it.”
Asked if he will invest money in Britain’s defense forces, Hunt said his priority is cyber-attacks. He tweeted, “Modern warfare is changing and wars will start with attacks on our electricity grids and internet backbone. We need to be prepared!”
Showing a jovial side throughout the Q&A, Hunt also joked that, although he has a business background, he does not plan to be “Britain’s Trump.”
He signed off the session with an image of himself eating “cold” takeout pizza on a couch.