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Diary: Matt Hancock shows how to get an MP in your pocket

Matt Hancock MP. Photo: UK government
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What do you think the new culture secretary has been doing with his time since taking up the role? Addressing funding issues? Tackling diversity woes? Meeting with industry leaders to get a flavour of what everyone is talking about?

Well, he may have been, but Tabard suspects most of his energy has actually been poured into something far more important – a Matt Hancock app. That’s right, dear readers, Hancock has a smartphone app.

Apparently it features picture galleries (ooh lovely!) and videos (ooh, what kind?!) of the West Suffolk MP and updates on his activities. Well, Tabard can give you an update of his activity… he’s been making an app!

According to the BBC, when you sign up for Hancock’s app you are told it is “a chance to find out what’s going on both in my role as MP for West Suffolk and as culture secretary, and most importantly it’s a chance for you to tell me what you think, and to engage with others on issues that matter to you”.

Matt Hancock would like to access your photos

How exciting. But, oh dear, apparently the name of the app – the imaginatively titled Matt Hancock – has created some awkward moments. Users have been getting messages saying things like “Matt Hancock would like to access your photos” (Tabard thought he might) and “Matt Hancock keeps stopping”. Oh dear.

The app has had some praise, however. Appearing on a Channel 4 chat show, actor and national treasure Stephen Fry confirmed he was “on Mr Hancock” and Times journalist Matt Chorley has declared “I can’t stop running my fingers over Matt Hancock”.

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