Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP

Biography

Matt Hancock MP was appointed Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on 9 July 2018.

He was Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport from 8 January 2018 to 9 July 2018. He was previously Minister of State for Digital from July 2016 to January 2018.

Matt Hancock is the MP for West Suffolk, having been elected in the 2010 general election. 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.

From July 2016 he served at DCMS as Minister of State for Digital and was 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

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

The Secretary of State is responsible for the work of the Department of Health and Social Care, including:

  • overall financial control and oversight of NHS delivery and performance
  • oversight of social care policy

Previous roles in government

  1. Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • 2018 to 2018
  2. Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries

    • 2016 to 2018
  3. Paymaster General

    • 2015 to 2016
  4. Minister for the Cabinet Office

    • 2015 to 2016
  5. Minister of State for Energy

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

    • 2014 to 2015
  7. Minister for Portsmouth

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

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

    • 2012 to 2013

Announcements

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  1. Life sciences at the heart of the UK economy

    • News story
  2. Matt Hancock writes in the Health Service Journal about his admiration for the NHS and its staff

    • Speech
  3. Royal Armouries Trustee Term Extension

    • News story
  4. New Trustee Appointed to Sport England

    • News story
  5. Culture Secretary Matt Hancock confirms next steps for return of Bayeux Tapestry to the UK

    • Press release
  6. Matt Hancock speaking at the Digital Colloque in Paris

    • Speech
  7. UK and France to strengthen ties in AI and data

    • Press release
  8. Tackling the threat to high-quality journalism in the UK

    • Press release
  9. Matt Hancock speaking at the opening of the Cyber Innovation Centre

    • Speech
  10. World-leading expert Demis Hassabis to advise new Government Office for Artificial Intelligence

    • Press release