10th January 2018

Matt Hancock appointed Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport


Matt Hancock MP (1996, PPE) has been appointed Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The promotion forms part of Prime Minister Theresa May’s recent Cabinet reshuffle.

Mr Hancock served as Minister of State responsible for digital policy at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport from July 2016 until January 2018. He has now been promoted to the Cabinet to lead the department, taking over from Karen Bradley who has become Northern Ireland secretary.

Mr Hancock wrote on social media: “Thrilled to become DCMS Secretary. Such an exciting agenda, so much to do, and great people. Can’t wait to get stuck in.” The day after his promotion he spoke in the House of Commons about the need for equality of pay at the BBC and attended the first meeting of Theresa May’s new cabinet.

Meanwhile fellow Exonian Nick Hurd MP (1981, Literae Humaniores) has retained his position as Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service. Mr Hurd wrote on social media: “Delighted to be reappointed as Minister of State for Policing and Fire Service. Critical public services in every community: need both support and challenge.”

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