- Published: Tuesday, 10 July 2018 10:05
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In a reshuffle, brought about by the resignation of two cabinet ministers, long-serving health secretary, Jeremy Hunt has been moved up to become Foreign Secretary. His place as the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care goes to Matt Hancock MP for West Suffolk, who was formerly at the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport department.
Matt Hancock MP for West Suffolk, has been Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport since 8 January this year. Prior to that, he was Minister of State for Digital from July 2016 to January 2018, where he was responsible for broadband, broadcasting, creative industries, cyber and the tech industry. He has also held a large number of other ministerial posts, including minister for skills and enterprise, minister for small business and enterprise, and energy minister.
He was first elected in the 2010 general election and has served as a backbencher on the Commons’ public accounts committee and the standards and privileges committee. Before entering politics, Mr Hancock worked as an economist at the Bank of England and as chief of staff to the then shadow chancellor, George Osborne. He is married and has three young children.
The new Secretary of State (@MattHancock) tweeted: “Really looking forward to joining @DHSCgovuk at such an important time for our great NHS. I can’t wait to get started.”
GDPUK News Editor comments: “Although the new Secretary of State has little direct experience of health matters, let alone dentistry, this is quite normal in Government. Responsibility for dentistry is delegated to a junior minister, at present Steve Brine MP for Winchester. In England NHS Dentistry is firmly in the court of NHS England, led by Simon Stevens.”
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