Jeremy Hunt will remain the health secretary as part of Theresa May’s new cabinet, it has been confirmed.

Mr Hunt arrived at Number Ten at 4.15pm, smiling at the assembled media and wearing his NHS pin on his lapel.

Shortly after 5pm, a statement from Downing Street confirmed Mr Hunt would remain in the post he has held since 2012.

It means Mr Hunt, who saw his majority cut from 28,500 in 2015 to 21,600 (a drop of 4.1 per cent) in Surrey South West seat, will reach five years as health secretary in September.

However he will be joined by two new ministers at the Department of Health after previous incumbents Nicola Blackwood and David Mowat both lost their seats.

Parliamentary undersecretary of state Mr Mowat lost his Warrington South seat to Labour’s Faisal Rashid, who won with a majority of 2,549. Mr Mowat came second, polling 27,445 votes.

Public health minister Ms Blackwood lost the Oxford West and Abingdon seat to Liberal Democrat Layla Moran by 816 votes.

It is not yet known who will replace Mr Mowat or Ms Blackwood, or when appointments will be made.

Prior to polling day there had been speculation that Mr Hunt might have been replaced by another former health minister, Ben Gummer, but Mr Gummer lost his Ipswich seat to Labour’s Sandy Martin in one of the shock results of the election.

The Conservatives won 318 seats overall, with Labour second after winning 261 seats.