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Matthew Hancock

Member of Parliament for West Suffolk

Matthew John David Hancock (born 2 October 1978) 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.

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. 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 2011, he co-authored his first book 'Masters of Nothing' with Nadhim Zahawi MP. The book looks at the human behaviour that caused the economic crash and the changes we need to make to ensure that it doesn't happen again. A US edition of Masters of Nothing was released in May 2013.

As part of his constituency duties, representing Newmarket, Matthew is a passionate supporter of the horseracing industry. In the summer of 2012, he took part in a charity horse race at Newmarket’s famous July Course. He crossed the line first, becoming the first sitting MP known to have won a horse race since the First World War.

In September 2012 Matthew was asked to become Minister for Skills in the Department for Business and Department for Education and in 2013 he became the Conservative Party’s Small Business Champion.  In September 2013 he was promoted to become Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise. 

In July 2014 Matthew was appointed Minister of State for Business, Enterprise and Energy, attending Cabinet.  His ministerial responsibilities include small business, industry, growth, energy and power generation.  He was also the Minister for Portsmouth.

Following the May 2015 General Election, Matthew became Paymaster General in the Cabinet Office.  His job is to reform the way the Civil Service works and find billions of efficiencies across Government. 

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. 

Matthew grew up in Cheshire. He attended Farndon County Primary School, West Cheshire College and The King's School, Chester. He studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Exeter College, Oxford, and gained a Master's Degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge.

Matthew’s first job was with his family computer software business. Later he worked for five years 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 as the Conservative candidate for West Suffolk for the 2010 general election. On winning the seat, 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 2011, he co-authored 'Masters of Nothing' with fellow new MP Nadhim Zahawi. The book explores the human behaviour that caused the crash and the changes needed to ensure it doesn't happen again.

As part of his constituency duties, representing Newmarket, Matthew is a passionate supporter of the horseracing industry. In the summer of 2012, he took part in a charity horse race at Newmarket’s famous July Course. He crossed the line first, becoming the first sitting MP known to have won a horse race since the First World War.

In September 2012 Matthew was asked to become Minister for Skills, and stepped down from his Committee roles. In July 2014 he was appointed Minister of State for Business, Enterprise and Energy - as well as Minister for Portsmouth. In May 2015 he became Minister of State for Efficiency and Civil Service Reform.

Matthew is married to Martha, and has two 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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