Matt Hancock

Matthew Hancock

Background

Matt Hancock is a Conservative politician and has served as MP for West Suffolk since 2010. Following the Cabinet reshuffle on 9 July 2018, he was appointed Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

Previously, Hancock has served as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and he held the position of Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change between 15 July 2014 and 11 May 2015.  

Stance on Climate Change

Matt Hancock has a record of voting against measures to combat Climate Change, for example in March of 2016 Hancock voted against setting a decarbonisation target for the UK within six months of June 2016, with annual reviews.

This is despite a Tweet where Hancock claims to support the UK’s successes with renewable energy.

Key Deeds

July, 2017

Data shows that Neil Record, Chairman of the Institute for Economic Affairs (IEA), has been donating money to Hancock since 2011. A breakdown of the data shows Record has donated £4,000 a year to Hancock since 2011 as well as £2,000 in 2010 and in May 2017 respectively.

Record is a donor to the climate science denial Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), and sits on the board of GWPF’s campaign arm the Global Warming Policy Forum.

DeSmog UK has previously reported the connection between Record and Hancock, where Record claims to have not discussed Climate Change with Hancock, but admits to “providing research support” to the latter.

May, 2015

Hours after being appointed Paymaster General, Matt Hancock spoke at an event hosted by the Institute for Economic Affairs (IEA), Business for Britain and the Taxpayers’ Alliance, of which the Taxpayers’ Alliance and Business for Britain are at the heart of the pro-Brexit lobbying and climate science denial network at 55 Tufton Street. The IEA is located next door, at 57 Tufton Street.

In the speech, Hancock made the case for free markets and outlined the Conservative agenda following their success at the General Election.

April, 2015

Matt Hancock chartered a private flight from Aberdeen to London, despite many scheduled flights. This was during his time as Minister of State for Energy, and from a meeting where Hancock had reaffirmed the UK’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions.