New health secretary named as Hunt goes to foreign office

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Jeremy Hunt has been named as foreign secretary, the government has announced, with Matt Hancock named as his replacement.

The health and social care secretary – who served for nearly six years, longer than any other holder of the post – replaces Boris Johnson, who resigned earlier today.

Mr Hancock is currently culture secretary, a post he has held since January. He is MP for West Suffolk and was elected to the Commons in the 2010 general election.

Mr Hunt’s departure follows the announcement last month of a five-year funding deal for the NHS, which Mr Hunt was given substantial credit for securing.

 

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Source: HSJ
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Date: 9 July 2018

Biography

Matt Hancock MP was appointed Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on 9 July 2018.

He was Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport from 8 January 2018 to 9 July 2018. He was previously Minister of State for Digital from July 2016 to January 2018.

Matt Hancock is the MP for West Suffolk, having been elected in the 2010 general election. From 2010 Matt served as a backbencher on the Public Accounts Committee and the Standards & Privileges Committee. Matt entered government in September 2012 and has served in a number of Ministerial Roles, including for skills and business, and as Paymaster General. He oversaw the expansion of apprenticeships, and championed the digital transformation of government.

From July 2016 he served at DCMS as Minister of State for Digital and was responsible for broadband, broadcasting, creative industries, cyber and the tech industry.

Before entering politics, Matt worked for his family business, as an economist at the Bank of England, and as Chief of Staff to the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer. He holds degrees from Oxford and Cambridge Universities.