MP & Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
Matthew Hancock was elected as MP for West Suffolk at the 2010 election. Before moving into politics, he worked for his family business, as an economist at the Bank of England and later as a senior economic adviser and Chief of Staff to George Osborne.
Matthew was brought up in rural Cheshire, where he attended Fandon County Primary School and King’s School Chester. He went on to gain an undergraduate degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford and a Masters degree in Economics from Cambridge.
Since becoming MP for West Suffolk, Matthew has been elected to the Public Accounts Committee, which scrutinises and questions the way that Government departments spend taxpayers’ money. He is a member of the Committee on Standards and Privileges that adjudicates on MPs’ conduct.
Matthew is co-author of ‘Masters of Nothing: How the crash will happen again unless we understand human nature’ the bestselling book on the human behaviour that caused the crash, published by Biteback in September 2011.
Matthew, 32, is married to Martha, and has two children. Among other things, he enjoys cooking, walking, and spending time with his family. He is also a keen cricket fan and is joint-secretary of the Lords and Commons Cricket.
Academic, Economist, Author
Chair, Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) Council
Senior Adviser Welsh Affairs for Severn Trent Water and Former Director, BT Wales
Environmental Law Barrister
Founder, The King of Shaves Company Ltd
Former Chairman of Arsenal and the Football Association