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Matthew Hancock MP


Matthew was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Skills in September 2012. He is the Conservative MP for west Suffolk.


Matthew was educated at West Cheshire College and The King’s School in Chester. He studied philosophy, politics and economics at Exeter College, University of Oxford, and has a master’s degree in economics from the University of Cambridge.

Political Career

Matthew worked as an economist at the Bank of England before moving to work for the then Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, in 2005.

After becoming an MP, Matthew was elected to the Public Accounts Committee and the Committee on Standards and Privileges.

Personal life

Matthew is married and has 2 children.

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    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Skills

    The minister is responsible for:

    • further education
    • adult skills
    • Skills Funding Agency
    • skills strategy
    • lifelong learning
    • informal adult learning
    • apprenticeships
    • UK Commission for Employment and Skills
    • sector skills councils
    • workplace training reforms
    • qualifications reform programme
    • Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill


    under the responsibility of Matthew Hancock MP as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Skills

    1. Improving the quality of further education and skills training

      • 10 January 2013


    by Matthew Hancock MP

    1. Ministers to end work experience Health and Safety confusion

      • 21 June 2013
      • Press release
    2. Government response to Stephan Shakespeare’s review of public sector information

      • 15 May 2013
      • Press release
    3. Traineeships: written ministerial statement

      • 9 May 2013
      • Statement to Parliament
    4. New skills strategy heralds £214 million investment and stronger intervention to tackle poor performance

      • 3 April 2013
      • Press release
    5. Employers to design their own apprenticeships

      • 14 March 2013
      • Press release
    6. First postgraduate apprenticeships to start this year

      • 9 March 2013
      • Press release
    7. Round 2 opens for £240 million business skills fund

      • 7 February 2013
      • News story
    8. Applications open for £240 million skills fund

      • 6 February 2013
      • Press release
    9. It’s official: Learning improves career prospects

      • 28 January 2013
      • Press release
    10. New team to help UK exploit international opportunities in education exports

      • 21 January 2013
      • Announcement