Former Ipswich schoolboy David Gauke and West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock win promotions in Cabinet reshuffle

David Gauke speaking at an event in Suffolk. Picture: DAVID GARRAD

David Gauke speaking at an event in Suffolk. Picture: DAVID GARRAD - Credit: Archant

Prime Minister Theresa May has given new positions to two politicians with Suffolk connections during her Cabinet reshuffle.

West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock. Picture: MATT REASON

West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock. Picture: MATT REASON - Credit: Archant

West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock has moved from minister for digital and culture to become the secretary of state at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Mr Hancock is the first MP in modern times to win a horse race, having raced to victory at the Newmarket July Course in August 2012.

The father-of-three took to Twitter to express his delight at the promotion.

He wrote: “Thrilled to become DCMS Secretary. Such an exciting agenda, so much to do, and great people. Can’t wait to get stuck in.”


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Solicitor David Gauke, who attended Northgate High School in Ipswich, will take over as Lord Chancellor and justice secretary.

Mr Gauke is the sixth person to have the role in eight years.

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The lifelong Ipswich Town supporter previously led the Department for Work and Pensions.

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