Matt Hancock was first elected as the MP for West Suffolk in the 2010 general election and is currently the Minister of State for Digital & Culture.
From 2010 Matt served as a backbencher on the Public Accounts Committee and the Standards & Privileges Committee. Matthew entered Government in September 2012, and served as Minister for Skills, before he was promoted to become Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise, then for Business, Enterprise and Energy. He oversaw the expansion of Apprenticeships, and was responsible for small business, industry and energy policy.
From 2015 Matt served as Paymaster General, responsible for digital transformation of Government, before his appointment as the Minster for Digital and Culture in the Department of Culture, Media and Sport in July 2016. He is responsible for the arts and culture as well as the Government's digital policy, which includes digital infrastructure, broadband, cyber security, the digital single market, media policy, telecoms, digital skills and entrepreneurship, and the impact of future technologies.
Before entering politics, Matt worked for his family business, as an economist at the Bank of England, and as Chief of Staff to the then Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne. 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.
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