Everything we know about new health secretary Matt Hancock


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By Jaimie Kaffash
Editor, Pulse

10 Jul 2018

Matt Hancock MP was appointed digital, culture, media and sport secretary in January 2018 having been a junior minister in the department since July 2016. He was first elected an MP in the 2010 general election in the West Suffolk constituency.

Before entering parliament, he worked as an economist at the Bank of England and as chief of staff to the shadow chancellor.

He has little health background, with no obvious links to the NHS.

However, he is known to be a keen supporter of increasing the use of technology, and it is likely he will bring ethos into his new job – and not just through his time as junior minister for digital services, and secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport.

 

Background

 

Mr Hancock had worked in his family business, which developed the software that brings up users’ addresses when they input their postcode.

He also invited ridicule earlier this year after launching a new social media app named ‘Matt Hancock’ to connect with his constituents.

Earlier this year, he criticised online giants Facebook and Google, warning that the ‘Wild West’ days are over, and telling them that they face far stricter controls over the use of customers’ data.

He also made headlines by calling on more schools to ban mobile phones last month.

 

Career in politics

 

Mr Hancock had previously been energy minister, and was criticised for using a private jet to fly home from a climate change conference and accepting money from an organisation that denied climate change.

One of the first people to congratulate Hancock was former chancellor George Osborne, who he worked under when Osborne was shadow chancellor – who also paid tribute to outgoing health secretary Jeremy Hunt:

As an ally of Osborne, he campaigned for the ’Remain’ campaign before the 2016 referendum.

This article first appeared on our sister publication Pulse

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