West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock has taken over the brief of culture, communications and creative industries from Ed Vaizey, who resigned from the Government at the end of last week. The Ministerial role covers all things digital, from digital radio to internet policy.
Ed Vaizey was highly praised for his involvement as Government Minister in the development and promotion of DAB digital radio, but some industries coming under his brief were not as happy. In the run-up to his departure, ISP Entanet published an open letter demanding the new PM replace Ed Vaizey with someone with greater technical experience. Entanet's desire to get Baroness Joanna Shields failed, with Matthew Hancock confirming on Twitter that he had got the role.
Hancock, first made MP in 2010, was the Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, also attending Cabinet meetings. He previously served as jointly Minister of State for Business and Enterprise and Minister of State for Energy in the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition Government.
We're looking forward to working with the new Minister of State for Digital & Culture, @MattHancockMP. https://t.co/HCIF7WPNPU— Digital Radio UK (@DigitalRadioUK) July 18, 2016