Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise

Matthew Hancock MP


Matthew was appointed Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise in October 2013. He is the Conservative MP for West Suffolk.


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, adding responsibility for small business to his existing responsibilities for Apprenticeships and technical education.

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 three 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.

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    Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise

    The minister is responsible for skills and enterprise. This role is shared between the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education. Responsibilities include:

    • further education
    • adult skills, Skills Funding Agency and skills strategy
    • lifelong learning and informal adult learning
    • apprenticeships
    • UK Commission for Employment and Skills and the Sector Skills Councils
    • workplace training reforms
    • qualifications reform programme
    • small business, enterprise and access to finance
    • business support

    Previous roles in government

    1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Skills

      • 2012 to 2013


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