Jeremy Hunt has been named as foreign secretary, the government has announced, with Matt Hancock named as his replacement. 

The health and social care secretary - who served for nearly six years, longer than any other holder of the post - replaces Boris Johnson, who resigned earlier today.

Mr Hancock is currently culture secretary, a post he has held since January. He is MP for West Suffolk and was elected to the Commons in the 2010 general election. 

Mr Hunt’s departure follows the announcement last month of a five-year funding deal for the NHS, which Mr Hunt was given substantial credit for securing. 

Mr Hancock said on Twitter on Monday evening: “Really looking forward to joining @DHSCgovuk at such an important time for our great NHS. I can’t wait to get started.”

Following the announcement of the funding deal last month, a major ten-year NHS plan is now under development to be published in November. This is expected to be led jointly by NHS England and government, with involvement from the local NHS, and clinical and patient groups. 

Mr Hunt tweeted: ”Massive wrench for me to leave health - I know some staff haven’t found me the easiest health sec but the NHS, and particularly patient safety, has become my passion & it really was the greatest privilege of my life to serve for so many years.

“Couldn’t ask for a better successor than @MattHancock to take forward long term NHS plan with his brilliant understanding of the power of technology.”

New health secretary named as Hunt goes to foreign office