Matt Hancock Biography
Matt Hancock is a British politician. He has served as the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care from 2018 to 2021. Hancock is a Member of Parliament (MP) for West Suffolk since 2010. He also served as the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in 2018.
Matt Hancock Age
Hancock was born on 2nd October 1978 in Chester, United Kingdom.
Matt Hancock Height
Hancock stands at a height of 6 feet tall.
Matt Hancock Family
Hancock was born to Michael Hancock and Shirley Hills, he has an older sister and a younger brother.
Matt Hancock Wife
Hancock is married to Martha Hancock, the two got married in 2006. They have a daughter and two sons; one is adopted.
Matt Hancock Education
He received a first in philosophy, politics, and economics from Exeter College, Oxford, and an MPhil in Economics from Christ’s College, Cambridge, a few years later.
Matt Hancock Career
Hancock temporarily worked for his family’s computer software company as a backbench Conservative MP after graduating from the university before moving to London to work as an economist at the Bank of England, specializing on the housing market.
In 2005, he was appointed as an economic consultant to George Osborne, the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, and eventually became Osborne’s chief of staff.
In January 2010, he was chosen as the Conservative candidate for West Suffolk. He won the competition by a slim margin of 88 votes to 81 in the final round, defeating Natalie Elphicke. At the 2010 general election, he was elected as the constituency’s MP with 24,312 votes, 13,050 votes ahead of Liberal Democrat candidate Belinda Brooks-Gordon.
Hancock was chosen to the Public Accounts Committee in June, a select committee tasked with auditing government spending to ensure it is efficient and transparent. Until November 2012, he was a member of this committee. Between October 2010 to December 2012, Hancock was a member of the Standards and Privileges Committee.
In Theresa May’s 2018 cabinet reshuffle, Hancock was named Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport, following Karen Bradley. On his first day on the job, he chastised the BBC over the salaries paid to foreign journalists, claiming that some BBC men were paid “much more than equal public servants.”
He was the first MP to establish his own mobile app in early 2018, which served as a social network for him to engage with constituents and provide information about his cabinet post. After the app was discovered, the leader of privacy rights group Big Brother Watch termed it a “fascinating comedy of errors.”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, COVID-19 was verified to have spread to the United Kingdom on January 31, 2020. The administration is considering “some fairly big moves that would cause social and economic turmoil,” according to Hancock.
After the government issued harsh social distance advice that was disobeyed by a huge number of people, Hancock went farther than the Prime Minister in denouncing those who continued to socialize in groups, calling them “extremely selfish.” Later, the government enacted regulations prohibiting the formation of such organizations.
After CCTV images of him kissing and embracing Gina Coladangelo, an adviser in the Department of Health and Social Care with whom he was having an extramarital affair, were published in The Sun newspaper on May 6, 2021, it was revealed that Hancock had broken COVID-19 social distancing restrictions with her. Only from May 17th did the government’s standards allow personal interaction with people from another family.
Hancock had omitted to disclose that he had hired Coladangelo to the department as an unpaid adviser and later to a paid non-executive director seat on its board, for which Coladangelo would receive between £15,000 and £20,000 per year from public monies. After meeting Hancock while they were both freshmen at Oxford University, Coladangelo became a close buddy.
Matt Hancock UN
Hancock was appointed as the UN Economic Commission for Africa’s special envoy for financial innovation and climate change on October 12, 2021, an unpaid position advising the Commission on the recovery of the African economy from the COVID-19 epidemic. The United Nations reported on October 15 that the offer had been cancelled due to issues over his record as Secretary of State for Health.
Matt Hancock Piers Morgan
Piers Morgan slammed health secretary Matt Hancock after he stated that he intended to fight for his job despite the issue between him and his staffer, Gina Colangelo.
Matt Hancock Salary
Hancock earns an annual salary of $141,000.
Matt Hancock Net worth
Hancock has an estimated net worth ranging between $ 1 million – $ 5 million dollars.