Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock promoted to minister of state

Elizabeth Truss, MP for South West Norfolk, and Matthew Hancock, MP for West Suffolk, visiting the A

Elizabeth Truss, MP for South West Norfolk, and Matthew Hancock, MP for West Suffolk, visiting the A11 project with transport minister Patrick McLoughlin. Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Archant © 2013

Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock has moved up the ministerial ranks in a government reshuffle becoming a twin-hatted minister of state for education and business.

The 34-year-old, a former aide of chancellor George Osborne, has been promoted from a junior ministerial role to the more senior post by prime minister David Cameron.

In his new role he will also take on responsibility for enterprise, particularly small businesses.

The MP took to Twitter shortly after Mr Cameron announced his move on the social media site to say:'Delighted PM has asked me to be Minister of State for Skills & Enterprise in BIS & DfE. A lot done, a lot more to do.'

It is a step up from his role as parliamentary undersecretary of state, where he has been in charge of further education, the government's skills strategy and apprenticeships, among other things.

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A minister of state is the middle in a hierarchy of three types of minister, with a secretary of state role the next step on the career latter.

Mr Hancock, who was elected in 2010, was an economist at the Bank of England between 2000 and 2005 before working for the then shadow chancellor Mr Osborne.

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He stepped down after he was selected as the Conservative candidate for West Suffolk.

He became a member of the influential Public Accounts Committee shortly after becoming an MP, before he was given the junior minister post last year.

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