Hunt spent £3.5m on his 7 flats

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News -

APOL­OGY TORY lead­er­ship con­tender Jeremy Hunt spent more than £3.5mil­lion on a con­tro­ver­sial pur­chase of seven lux­ury flats to rent out, it can be re­vealed.

Last April, Mr Hunt was forced to apol­o­gise for fail­ing to de­clare his part-own­er­ship of a com­pany which bought the lux­ury sea­side pads in Southamp­ton. The For­eign Sec­re­tary’s com­pany got a bulk dis­count on the flats.

Newly un­cov­ered doc­u­ments re­veal the stag­ger­ing value of Hunt’s pur­chase, which was chan­nelled through a com­pany he and his wife Lu­cia Guo set up to man­age the prop­er­ties. The cheap­est flat was £437,000 and the most ex­pen­sive £685,000.

In to­tal the seven prop­er­ties were bought for just over £3.5mil­lion. De­tails of the pur­chases made through Mare Pond Prop­er­ties have just been made pub­lic on the Land Reg­istry. Mr Hunt faced an in­quiry into the way he man­aged the han­dling of the pur­chases – and apol­o­gised.

It emerged that he was given a “bulk dis­count” from prop­erty firm Ni­co­las James Group, which is owned and chaired by Con­ser­va­tive Party sup­porter Ni­co­las James Roach. He has

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