Ministerial role

Minister of State for Digital

Responsibilities

Responsibilities include:

  • broadband and mobile connectivity
  • broadcasting
  • creative industries
  • cyber security
  • data
  • Digital Charter
  • digital economy
  • digital skills and inclusion
  • digital technology
  • internet governance
  • media
  • online safety
  • spectrum
  • telecoms markets and resilience

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP

Matt Hancock is the MP for West Suffolk, having been elected in the 2010 general election and he is also the Minister of State for Digital. From 2010 Matt served as a backbencher on the Public Accounts Committee and the Standards & Privileges Committee. Matt entered Government in September 2012 and has served in a number of Ministerial Roles, including for skills and business, and as Paymaster General. He oversaw the expansion of Apprenticeships, and championed the digital transformation of Government.

Since July 2016 he has served at DCMS as Minister of State for Digital and is responsible for broadband, broadcasting, creative industries, cyber and the tech industry.

Before entering politics, Matt worked for his family business, as an economist at the Bank of England, and as Chief of Staff to the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer. He holds degrees from Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

Matt is married to Martha and has three young children. He is the first MP in modern times to win a horse race, having raced to victory at the Newmarket July Course in August 2012. He is an avid cricketer and plays for the Lords & Commons Cricket team. Matthew once played the most northerly game of cricket on record, and succumbed to frostbite en route to the Pole. He retains all his fingers

Previous holders of this role

  1. Ed Vaizey

    • 2014 to 2016

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  1. Two in three bosses at Britain’s biggest businesses not trained to deal with a cyber attack

    • Press release
  2. New fines for essential service operators with poor cyber security

    • Press release
  3. Jobs Boom for UK Creative Industries

    • Press release
  4. Major new cyber security innovation centre for London

    • Press release
  5. Students urged to apply for pioneering Cyber Schools Programme

    • Press release
  6. Matt Hancock's speech to Parliament at the Urgency of Representation in the Media reception

    • Speech
  7. A better deal for consumers in the digital age

    • Press release
  8. Matt Hancock's speech to the Leverhulme Centre

    • Speech
  9. Firms urged to apply for groundbreaking cyber startup scheme

    • Press release
  10. Three universities to develop £16m 5G test network

    • Press release