Jeremy Hunt apologises for not declaring property firm

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    Image caption Jeremy Hunt set up the property company with his wife

    Jeremy Hunt has apologised for not declaring his interest in a property company set up to buy luxury flats.

    The health secretary has a 50% interest in the firm – set up with his wife in October – but he did not declare it to Companies House until six months later.

    His spokesman said it was an “honest administrative mistake”.

    The Telegraph said Mr Hunt set up Mare Pond Properties in 2017 to buy seven flats in the Ocean Village development in Southampton.

    His spokesman said: “Jeremy’s accountant made an error in the Companies House filing, which was a genuine oversight.”

    The minister did inform the Cabinet Office of his involvement with the company after it was set up, he added.

    The department has since said there was no breach of ministerial code.

    Mr Hunt’s spokesman added: “Although there was no personal gain involved, Jeremy accepts these mistakes are his responsibility and has apologised to the parliamentary authorities.”

    A Downing Street spokesman said it was right that the minister had apologised for the “administrative oversight”, but agreed with the Cabinet Office that there was no breach of the ministerial code.

    “We consider the matter closed,” he added.

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