Matthew Hancock

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Matthew Hancock, Conservative minister at the Cabinet Office

Matthew Hancock was appointed Health Secretary in July 2018, replacing Jeremy Hunt.

He has been the UK Conservative Party MP for West Suffolk since 2010.

Shortly after the general election on May 11 2015, he was appointed as Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General. In July 2016, he was appointed Minister of State responsible for digital policy at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Ministerial posts

In 2012, Hancock was appointed parliamentary under-secretary at the UK (Department for Education) (Jointly with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (BIS).[1] In October 2013, he was promoted to minister of state in the same departments.[2]

In the July 2014 reshuffle, he replaced Michael Fallon as minister of state at BIS and minister of state at the Department of Energy and Climate Change. He was also appointed minister of state for Portsmouth.[3]

After the May 2015 general election he was appointed minister of state at the Cabinet Office.


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. [4]


Matthew John David Hancock 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. [4]


Hancock's West Suffolk seat was paid £11,250 in 2013, including £7,250 from Tetra Pak heiress Kirsten Rausing.[5]


In early June 2015 Hancock attended lobbyists Westbourne Communications' summer party at the ICA in London. [6]


Special advisers

former advisers


Twitter: @matthancockmp

Pro-fracking views

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Conservative Free Enterprise Group - in 2012 Hancock wrote a report for them, calling on the government to cut wind subsidies and push ahead with shale gas.


  1. Matthew Hancock,, accessed 7 October 2013.
  2. Ministerial appointments: 7 October 2013, Prime Minister's Office, 7 October 2013.
  3. Ministerial appointments: July 2014, Prime Minister's Office, 15 July 2014.
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP,, undated, accessed 3 September 2014
  5. Annabelle Dickson Second jobs and party donations from energy firms, IT and property companies - what has your MP declared in the latest MP’s register of interests? Eastern Daily Press, 29 October 2014, accessed 20 February 2015
  6. James Bethell, Westbourne’s Summer Party demonstrates how the terms have changed, Westbourne website, 4 June 2015, View image on Flickr