Matt Hancock promoted, replaces Karen Bradley at DCMS

Tuesday, January 9th 2018

Matt Hancock, who was appointed as Minister of State for Digital, has been promoted as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), to replace Karen Bradley, who moves over to be as Northern Ireland Secretary. Following Theresa May's election as Leader of the Conservative Party, he was made Digital Minister in July 2016, but now is promoted to the Prime Minister's Cabinet.

Elected in the 2010 general election, as MP for West Suffolk, he served as backbencher on the Public Accounts Committee. He also was on the Standards and Privileges Committee before appointment as both Minister for Cabinet Office and Paymaster General and Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise and Minister for Portsmouth. From 2013 to 2014 he served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Skills. Later, as Minister of State for Digital, Hancock was responsible for broadcasting, broadband, creative, cyber and tech industry.

Prior to entering politics, Matt Hancock ran his family business, then worked in the Bank of England as an economist. He holds degrees from Oxford ad Cambridge Universities. He was Chief of Staff to the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer. At DCMS, he will be deliberating on the takeover proposed by 21st Century Fox of Sky. The minister tweeted that he is thrilled to be DCMS Secretary, with so much to do, an exciting agenda and great people.

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