New FE minister went to college, we are now told

The college past of the government’s new further education chief Matthew Hancock has been revealed.

The personal Conservative Party website of the 33-year-old joint Parliamentary Under Secretary for BIS and DfE was updated with details of West Cheshire College today.

It is understood the extra detail about Mr Hancock’s further education past was added around noon – more than 12 hours after news of his appointment hit the FE Week website.

The revised webpage on the MP for West Suffolk, who went to Fandon County Primary School and then King’s School Chester, said he attended West Cheshire College of Further Education.

A BIS spokesperson confirmed Mr Hancock took an A Level in Computing at the college in 1995.

The site is managed by staff at his House of Commons office.

Screenshot from the Conservative Party website
Screenshot with added West Cheshire College, from

The change means the site carries more detail on Mr Hancock’s own further education than his party’s official website, where there was no mention of West Cheshire College as of 3pm today.

However, a Conservative Party spokesperson said the site might also be altered, saying she would “let the website people know”.

She added: “I’ve got no idea if it will be changed, but I’ll let the IT people know and they may or may not update it.”

Nobody from Mr Hancock’s Commons office or West Cheshire College was immediately available for comment.

He replaced fellow Tory MP John Hayes, who had been in the post as Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning since May 13, 2010.

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