Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General

The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP

Biography

Matt Hancock was appointed Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General on 11 May 2015. 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.

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.

Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General

The Minister for the Cabinet Office has overall responsibility for the policy and work of the department. Responsibilities include:

  • public sector efficiency and reform
  • digital transformation of government
  • civil service issues
  • industrial relations strategy in the public sector
  • government transparency
  • civil contingencies
  • civil society
  • cyber security
  • UK statistics

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister of State for Energy

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

    • 2014 to 2015
  3. Minister for Portsmouth

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

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

    • 2012 to 2013

Policies

  1. Government as a Platform
  2. Central government efficiency
  3. Major project management
  4. Cyber security
  5. Emergency planning
  6. Government transparency and accountability
  7. Government buying
  8. Civil service reform
  9. Constitutional reform
  10. Social enterprise

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  1. Government suppliers encouraged to sign up to Armed Forces Covenant

    • News story
  2. National Digital Conference 2016: building the nation's digital DNA

    • Speech
  3. Extending the deadline to register to vote for the EU referendum: statement

    • Press release
  4. Technology, innovation and the future of the UK workforce

    • Speech
  5. Keeping Britain safe from cyber attacks: Matt Hancock speech

    • Speech
  6. Data Science Ethical Framework launch: Matt Hancock speech

    • Speech
  7. Government contracts to be open to public for the first time

    • Press release
  8. Tackling Corruption Together Conference: Matt Hancock speech

    • Speech
  9. Make a big difference - join our Small Business Panel

    • News story
  10. Matt Hancock pledges greater transparency and effective open data

    • Press release