Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General

The Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP

Biography

Matthew 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

Matthew 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, Matthew 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 Matthew 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

Matthew’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 Matthew’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 Matthew 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.

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

Announcements

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  1. Sir Ian Cheshire publishes his first Government Non-Executive annual report

    • 3 July 2015
    • News story
  2. New Permanent Secretary for Cabinet Office announced: John Manzoni

    • 2 July 2015
    • Press release
  3. National Digital Conference 2015: keynote speech

    • 25 June 2015
    • Speech
  4. Cabinet Office fly iconic rainbow flag to celebrate Pride

    • 22 June 2015
    • News story
  5. Government completes historic Admiralty Arch deal

    • 18 June 2015
    • News story
  6. Future of public services reform: Matthew Hancock speech

    • 16 June 2015
    • Speech
  7. Making the civil service work for modern Britain

    • 22 May 2015
    • Speech
  8. New Chief Executive appointed to Land Registry

    • 1 April 2015
    • Press release
  9. Government revs up motorcycle market

    • 27 March 2015
    • Press release
  10. Boost for firms as Small Business Act becomes law

    • 26 March 2015
    • Press release