Minister of State for Digital & Culture
Matthew Hancock has been a member of parliament for West Suffolk since 2010 and he is the Minister of State responsible for Digital & Culture since July 2016. His previous government roles include Minister of cabinet office & Paymaster General, Minister of State & Energy, Minister for Small Business, Industry & Enterprise, Minister of Portsmouth, Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise.
He oversaw the expansion of Apprenticeships, and was responsible for small business, industry and energy policy. He was responsible for digital transformation of Government.
His current responsibilities include 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. He is currently focusing on Cyber Security and working with industry through a groundbreaking tie up between DCMS, GCHQ and tech startups in cyber security innovation.
He has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Exeter College, University of Oxford, and a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge. He co-authored his first book ‘Masters of Nothing’ with Nadhim Zahawi MP in 2011. The book looks at the human behavior that caused the crash and the changes we need to make to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.
He is a keen cricketer and former secretary of the Lords and Commons Cricket Club. A fan of horse racing, Hancock took part in the Newmarket Town Plate in 2016, finishing second.