Matthew Hancock promoted in reshuffle

Matthew Hancock
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West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock has been made Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise jointly in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Department for Education.

Mr Hancock was made Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Skills at BIS in September 2012.

Shortly after the appointment was announced by 10 Downing Street today, he Tweeted: “Delighted PM has asked me to be Minister of State for Skills & Enterprise in BIS & DfE. A lot done, a lot more to do.”

Minister of State is a step up the ministerial ladder from Parliamentary Under Secretary, though still below Secretary of State.

Mr Hancock was an economist at the Bank of England before moving in 2005 to work for the then Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne. He became an MP in May 2010, taking over West Suffolk from the retiring Richard Spring.

Since becoming an MP, he has served on the Public Accounts Committee and the Committee on Standards and Privileges.