Hancock takes over at DCMS

Bradley reshuffled to NI

Matt Hancock, the MP West Suffolk and one of the 2010 intake, has moved into the Cabinet, replacing his hitherto boss, Karen Bradley, as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture Media and Sport. Bradley has been moved to take over at the Northern Ireland Office.

Hancock became a minister after just two years on the backbenches, in 2016 was moved in to DCMS by Theresa May as Minister of State for Digital with the difficult brief for broadband, broadcasting, cyber and the tech industry as well as the creative industries.

Like most culture secretaries in the past, Hancock has no discernible background in the arts. He is doubly Oxbridge, with degrees from both Oxford and Cambridge, worked in the software industry, then as an economist at the Bank of England before becoming chief of staff to the Shadow Chancellor, George Osborne, before his election. He was junior skills minister in 2012, Minister of State for Skills in 2013, Minister for Small Business and Minister of State for Energy in 2014, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General in 2015.

He is a keen sportsman, however, being the first MP in modern times to have won a horse race. He plays cricket for the Parliamentary team, and once played the most northerly game of cricket on record on route to the North Pole, before having to retire from the field with frostbite.

Writing on Twitter he said he was thrilled at the appointment. “Such an exciting agenda, so much to do and great people. Can’t wait to get stuck in.”

Margot James MP has been transferred from being minister for small business to replace Hancock as Minister of State.

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