About Matt

Matt Hancock was first elected MP for West Suffolk in the 2010 general election and he was appointed Minister of State for Digital & Culture in July 2016.

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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in July 2016.  In June 2017 Matt was reappointed to the Department as the Minister of State for Digital.  He is responsible for broadband and mobile connectivity, broadcasting, creative industries, cyber security, data, Digital Charter, digital economy, digital skills and engagement, digital technology, internet governance, media, online safety, spectrum and telecoms markets and resilience.

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.