Minister of State for Digital and Culture

The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP

Biography

Matt Hancock was appointed Minister of State responsible for digital policy 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.

Minister of State for Digital and Culture

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

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General

    • 2015 to 2016
  2. Minister of State for Energy

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

    • 2014 to 2015
  4. Minister for Portsmouth

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

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

    • 2012 to 2013

Announcements

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  1. Minister for Digital and Culture: Royal Television Society Speech

    • Speech
  2. Minister for Digital and Culture speech: The Radio Festival 2016

    • Speech
  3. Groundbreaking partnership between Government and tech start-ups to develop world-leading cyber security technology

    • Press release
  4. University Museums Group Annual Conference: Better Together?

    • Speech
  5. Export bar to save rare Titian drawing

    • Press release
  6. Minister for Digital and Culture addresses CBI conference

    • Speech
  7. Minister for Digital and Culture Creative Industries speech

    • Speech
  8. Minister for Digital and Culture addresses the BPI AGM

    • Speech
  9. Edinburgh International Culture Summit: Minister of State for Digital and Culture opening ceremony speech

    • News story
  10. Ofcom's proposals for Openreach

    • Government response