Matt Hancock

British politician (born 1978)

Matthew John David Hancock (born 2 October 1978) is a British politician who served as Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General from 2015 to 2016, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport from January to July 2018, and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care from 2018 to 2021. He has been Member of Parliament (MP) for West Suffolk since 2010. He is a member of the Conservative Party, but now sits in the House of Commons as an independent, having had the whip suspended since November 2022 for his appearance in I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! (while parliament is sitting).

Matt Hancock

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2014 edit

  • Scottish independence would be bad for the UK, and ultimately bad for Portsmouth because Britain plays a crucial role in the world, we're seeing that now with Russia.

2016 edit

2017 edit

  • The new Data Protection Bill will give us one of the most robust, yet dynamic, set of data laws in the world. It will give people more control over their data, require more consent for its use, and prepare Britain for Brexit.

2018 edit

  • We are working right across government to ensure that the health sector and the industry are prepared and that people's health will be safeguarded in the event of a no-deal Brexit. This includes the chain of medical supplies, vaccines, medical devices, clinical consumables, blood products. And I have asked the department to work up options for stockpiling by industry. We are working with industry for the potential need for stockpiling in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • I don't know how likely 'no deal' is. It is what happens automatically unless Parliament passes something else. I very strongly feel that the best thing for the country, not just for the health service but for the country as a whole, is for Theresa May's deal to pass.
  • We want the secure flow of data to be unhindered in the future as we leave the EU. So a strong future data relationship between the UK and EU, based on aligned data protection rules, is in our mutual interest.

2019 edit

  • We are looking at legislating for the duty of care that social media companies in particular have towards the people on their sites - this is an important part of that duty of care alongside all the other things that social media companies need to do, like tackling material that promotes suicide and self-harm and, of course, terrorism.

2020 edit

2022–2023 edit

  • The Conservative party is finished if it succumbs to a Trumpian-style takeover. These Conservative Corbynistas are as destructive to the Tories as leftwing activists were to Labour.
    The liberal conservative majority needs to now stand up for the centre ground to ensure this rightwing takeover doesn't succeed. We moderates can't let these extreme voices and divisive arguments win the debate or claim the soul of the party. They're not only wrong and deeply unattractive but bad for political discourse and the country. If the party decides that' what it’s going to stand for, it will be a massive mistake.”

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