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Hancock takes over digital policy role at DCMS

David Bicknell Published 17 July 2016

West Suffolk MP who was minister for the Cabinet Office effectively takes over digital and culture role from Ed Vaizey who has left government


Reports of Matt Hancock’s ministerial demise were, it seems, premature.

With Ben Gummer taking over as minister for the Cabinet Office it seemed as if Hancock could be set for a stretch on the Conservative backbenches alongside David Cameron and his mentor, George Osborne.

But in a new tranche of appointments by new Prime Minister Theresa May at the end of last week, Hancock re-emerged as minister of state responsible for digital policy at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), replacing, it appears, Ed Vaizey, who has left government.

In a tweet, Hancock, the MP for West Suffolk, said, “Delighted to be minister of state for Digital & Culture. Energised to take up the challenge to make UK tech & cultural centre of the world.”

He also paid tribute to Vaizey, saying, “Sad to see #Vexit - big tributes to my friend @edvaizey's amazing work over 6 years to build UK as tech & cultural leader.”

Vaizey in turn said, “@MattHancockMP brilliant appointment. Knows tech sector well and will strongly support arts. Great news!”

Among other ministerial appointments announced alongside Hancock’s role at DCMS were Brandon Lewis as minister of state for Policing and the Fire Service at the Home Office; Jo Johnson as joint minister of state at the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, leading on universities and science; and Damian Hinds as minister of state for the Department of Work and Pensions.

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