Despite not securing a full cabinet position, Hancock will have “overall responsibility for the policy and work” of the Cabinet Office and takes over the position previously held by Francis Maude.From July 2014 to the creation of a new government after the general election on 7 May, Hancock served as minister of state for business and enterprise as well as minister for state for energy. Before that, between September 2013 and July 2014, he was minister of state for skills and enterprise. In the run up to the general election Hancock spent 100 days visiting 100 businesses, and told Real Business “it’s crucial to listen and understand what the barriers to growth are”, adding “that may seem obvious, but it’s something that we have to constantly remember.” He went into more detail on a desire to “connect with companies” to find out how to help foster growth and job creation. In the course of his travels, he visited firms such as SSE and Rolls Royce. However, his new position sees him gain an entirely new set of responsibilities. The Cabinet Office has revealed Hancock will inherit the role held by Maude but report directly to Oliver Letwin, who is in “overall charge”. Read more about Cameron’s new recruits:
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