Junior health minister Lord Hunt of Kings Heath has resigned in protest at the government's policy over Iraq. Here is a profile of his life and career:
Lord Hunt is the first chief executive of the NHS Confederation
The low profile peer Lord Hunt's NHS career began in 1972 when he joined Oxford Regional Hospital Board as a works study officer.
The Birmingham City Football Club supporter quickly moved to Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre as hospital administrator in 1974.
He was a member of Oxfordshire Area Health Authority between 1975 and 1977.
He became secretary of Edgware/Hendon Community Heath Council between 1975 and 1978 before joining the National Association of Health Authorities (NAHA) in 1978-1979 as assistant secretary.
He later became director of NAHA from 1984 to 1990.
The then Philip Hunt was a member of Birmingham City Council between 1980 and 1982 and a member of Oxford City Council 1973-1979.
He was the first chief executive of the NHS Confederation 1996-97 and director of the National Association of Health Authorities and Trusts (NAHAT) from its formation in 1990.
Awarded the OBE in June 1993, he was president of the Family Planning Association between 1997 and 1998 and co-chair of the Association for Public Health from 1994-1998.
He was appointed a Life Peer in July 1997 and became a Government Whip and spokesman in the House of Lords on education and employment and health in 1998.
He was joint chair of the All Party Primary Care and Public Health Group between 1997 and 1998 and vice-chair of the All Party Group on AIDS from 1997 to 1998.
Lord Hunt replaced Baroness Hayman as Lords Health Minister during Tony Blair's summer reshuffle in July 1999.
Living in Birmingham, Lord Hunt is married to Selina Stewart. He has two daughters and three sons.
One of his sons, Jacob, 14, hit the headlines when he attended a
schoolchildren's anti-war rally in Birmingham earlier this month.
He was educated at the City of Oxford High School and Oxford School and left Leeds University in 1970 with a BA in political studies.
As well as Birmingham City, the peer's hobbies also include: swimming, cycling, music and Warwickshire County Cricket Club and cycling.