Minister of State for Digital

The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP

Biography

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

Minister of State for Digital

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

Previous roles in government

  1. Paymaster General

    • 2015 to 2016
  2. Minister for the Cabinet Office

    • 2015 to 2016
  3. Minister of State for Energy

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

    • 2014 to 2015
  5. Minister for Portsmouth

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

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

    • 2012 to 2013

Announcements

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  1. Insurance in the Digital World

    • Speech
  2. Reforms to boost UK’s digital infrastructure

    • Press release
  3. The Seven Pillars of the Digital Strategy

    • Speech
  4. The Fourth Industrial Revolution

    • Speech
  5. Nationwide competition brings 5G one step closer

    • Press release
  6. Industry-led review details plans to supercharge UK Artificial Intelligence (AI) industry

    • Press release
  7. Memorandum of Understanding between Canada and United Kingdom

    • News story
  8. Top graduates put their games to the test at UK’s biggest games gathering

    • Press release
  9. Addressing the Global Cyber Challenge

    • Speech
  10. Ministers bang the drum for British tech in Nordic countries and Asia

    • Press release