Matthew John David Hancock is a British politician serving as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care since 2018. He previously served as Minister for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in 2018 for six months. He won the West Suffolk seat at the 2010 general election with 24,312 votes, 13,050 votes ahead of Liberal Democrat candidate Belinda Brooks-Gordon.
About Matt Hancock in brief
Matthew John David Hancock is a British politician serving as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care since 2018. He previously served as Minister for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in 2018 for six months. A member of the Conservative Party, he has been Member of Parliament for West Suffolk since 2010. Hancock studied for a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Exeter College, Oxford, and an MPhil in Economics at Christ’s College, Cambridge. He was an economist at the Bank of England before serving as a senior economic adviser and then later Chief of Staff to Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne. In January 2013, he was accused of dishonesty by Daybreak presenter Matt Barbet after claiming he had been excluded from a discussion about apprentices after turning up 30 seconds late. In October 2014, he apologised after retweeting a poem suggesting that the Labour Party was full of queers describing his actions as a total accident. In May 2015, he became the Cabinet and Paymaster General on David Cameron’s Cabinet. He announced protection from fracking for National Parks on 27 July, reducing anger in Conservative constituencies ahead of the election. On 25 May 2019, he announced his intention to stand in the 2019 Conservative Party leadership election. He withdrew from the race on 14 June shortly after the first ballot. He has served as Health Secretary during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom. He won the West Suffolk seat at the 2010 general election with 24,312 votes, 13,050 votes ahead of Liberal Democrat candidate Belinda Brooks-Gordon.
In June, Hancock was elected to the Public Accounts Committee, the select committee responsible for overseeing government expenditures to ensure they are effective and honest. He served on this committee until November 2012. Hancock has also served on the Standards and Privileges Committee between October 2010 and December 2012. He also took on additional responsibilities as the Minister for Portsmouth in Conservative election in Conservative election in October 2013. In November 2013, Hancock joined the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills as the minister of state for Skills and Enterprise. He became the Minister of State for Energy and Power on 11 May 2015. He resigned from this role on 11 October 2015 after being criticised for hiring private jet to fly back from a climate conference and accepting money from a key backer of climate change organisation Global Warming Policy Foundation. In December 2013 he was appointed to the position of Minister of. State for Business and Enterprise and Enterprise on 15 July 2014. Hancock was promoted to May’s Cabinet in the January 2018 cabinet reshuffle when he wasappointed Culture Secretary. On 9 July 2018, after the promotion of Jeremy Hunt to Foreign Secretary, Hancock was named as his replacement as Health and social care Secretary. He narrowly won the contest, defeating Natalie Elphicke by 88 votes to 81 in the final ballot.