Ministerial role

Minister of State for Digital and Culture

Responsibilities

Responsibilities include:

  • arts
  • broadband
  • culture
  • creative industries
  • cyber security and telecoms resilience
  • data protection
  • digital strategy, enterprise and technology
  • digital infrastructure and spectrum
  • digital markets and consumer policy
  • digital engagement and skills
  • media

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Matt Hancock

Matt Hancock was appointed Minister of State for Digital and Culture at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on 15 July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for West Suffolk on 6 May 2010.

Education

Matt John David Hancock was educated at Farndon County Primary School, West Cheshire College and The King’s School, Chester. He gained a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Exeter College, University of Oxford, and a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge.

Political career

After becoming an MP for West Suffolk, Matt was elected to the Public Accounts Committee, which scrutinises and questions the way that government departments spend taxpayers’ money, and the Committee on Standards and Privileges that adjudicates on MPs’ conduct.

In September 2012 Matt was asked to become Minister for Skills in the Department for Business and Department for Education. In September 2013 he was promoted to become Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise, and served as Minister of State for Business, Enterprise and Energy from July 2014 to May 2015. Matt then served as Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General from May 2015 until July 2016.

Personal life

Matt’s first job was with his family computer software business. Later, he worked as an economist at the Bank of England and in 2005 moved to work for the then Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.

He stepped down from his role with George Osborne in February 2010 after being selected for the West Suffolk constituency in the 2010 general election.

One of Matt’s passions is his support for horse racing, not least because the sport’s global headquarters are in Newmarket in West Suffolk. In July 2012 Matt rode in a race at Newmarket, and despite odds of 25/1 he won the race, raising thousands for charity in the process.

In September 2011, he co-authored his first book ‘Masters of Nothing’ with Nadhim Zahawi MP. The book looks at the human behaviour that caused the crash and the changes we need to make to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.

Matt is married to Martha, and has 3 young children. He is a keen cricketer and former secretary of the Lords and Commons Cricket Club. In 2005, Matt set out on foot to play the northernmost game of cricket on record at the north pole. He didn’t make it to the pole, succumbing to frostbite on the Arctic Ocean, but he did succeed in playing the most northerly recorded game of cricket. He retains all of his fingers.

Previous holders of this role

  1. Ed Vaizey

    • 2014 to 2016

Announcements

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  1. Digital Economy Bill receives Royal Assent

    • Press release
  2. Rare Chesterfield House railings at risk of leaving the UK

    • Press release
  3. Third Round of UK Games Fund winners announced

    • Press release
  4. Matt Hancock's speech at the London Games Festival

    • Speech
  5. Minister for Digital and Culture Matt Hancock's speech at the launch of 'National Archives: Archives Unlocked'

    • Speech
  6. Matt Hancock's cyber security speech at the Institute of Directors conference

    • Speech
  7. Huge response to join cyber security apprenticeship scheme

    • Press release
  8. Does British television and film reflect the diversity of our modern nation?

    • Speech
  9. Swansea and St Davids and the Hundred of Dewisland bid for UK City of Culture status

    • Press release
  10. Eleven areas bid to be UK City of Culture 2021

    • Press release