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Oscar Williams

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Matt Hancock reappointed digital and culture minister

Matt Hancock has been reappointed minister of state for digital and culture following the government’s cabinet reshuffle.

The MP for West Suffolk has held the position since he took over from Ed Vaizey in July last year. He was previously minister for the Cabinet Office.

Mr Hancock wrote on Twitter that he was delighted to be reappointed to the role and couldn’t wait to crack on.

The minister will have oversight of broadband, cybersecurity, telecoms resilience, data protection, digital strategy, digital markets, digital infrastructure and digital engagement, alongside his responsibilities for culture.

The reappointment of a politician who was opposed to Brexit may be welcomed by some in the tech sector. Many startup executives are concerned about the impact of an immigration cap on their ability to hire top talent from the continent.

 

Bio

Age: 38

Family: married to Martha Hancock, an osteopath, with three children

Educated at: Farndon County Primary School, West Cheshire College and The King’s School, Chester. He studied PPE at the University of Oxford and has a masters degree in economics from the University of Cambridge.

Early career: Mr Hancock’s first job was at his family’s computer software businesses. He later worked as an economist at the Bank of England, before moving into politics in 2005 to work for the then shadow chancellor George Osborne. He became an MP in 2010.