Silly Hunt’s late for Bill

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HEALTH Sec­re­tary Jeremy Hunt has been ridiculed af­ter ar­riv­ing late to sup­port emer­gency laws on sec­tion­ing men­tal pa­tients – laws he had de­manded!

Mr Hunt was expected to open the sec­ond read­ing de­bate of the Men­tal Health (Ap­proval Func­tions) Bill, but missed the start, only ar­riv­ing in the Com­mons af­ter his deputy had started to give the speech in­stead.

The Health Sec­re­tary even­tu­ally took his place on the Gov­ern­ment front bench mo­ments af­ter Speaker John Ber­cow called the de­bate – leav­ing Lib-Dem Health Min­is­ter Nor­man Lamb to fill in.

Shadow Health Sec­re­tary Andy Burn­ham backed the new laws, but crit­i­cised Hunt, say­ing: “I am sur­prised that you’ve not made the case in per­son.”

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