Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP

Biography

Matt Hancock MP was appointed Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on 8 January 2018. He was previously Minister of State for Digital from July 2016 to January 2018.

Matt Hancock is the MP for West Suffolk, having been elected in the 2010 general election. 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

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for strategy and policy across the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

The department’s main policy areas are:

  • arts and culture
  • broadcasting
  • creative industries
  • cultural property, heritage and the historic environment
  • gambling and racing
  • libraries
  • media ownership and mergers
  • museums and galleries
  • the National Lottery
  • sport
  • telecommunications and online
  • tourism

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries

    • 2016 to 2018
  2. Paymaster General

    • 2015 to 2016
  3. Minister for the Cabinet Office

    • 2015 to 2016
  4. Minister of State for Energy

    • 2014 to 2015
  5. Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise

    • 2014 to 2015
  6. Minister for Portsmouth

    • 2014 to 2015
  7. Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise

    • 2013 to 2014
  8. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Skills

    • 2012 to 2013

Announcements

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  1. Church spires to boost digital connectivity in rural areas

    • Press release
  2. Government outlines next steps to make the UK the safest place to be online

    • Press release
  3. New review launched of press sustainability in the UK

    • Press release
  4. Matt Hancock's speech at the 10 Downing Street charities reception

    • Speech
  5. PM announces new UK-China creative and cultural collaboration

    • Press release
  6. Government commits to signing Tech Talent Charter to boost gender diversity in tech roles

    • News story
  7. North East now boasts highest broadband coverage in the UK

    • Press release
  8. Superfast broadband now available to more than 19 out of 20 UK homes and businesses

    • Press release
  9. Government acts to protect essential services from cyber attack

    • Press release
  10. Search for leader of Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation launched

    • News story