Matt Hancock, the former education secretary, probably regrets telling me the last time I saw him – as Liz Truss began her short-lived premiership – that Kemi Badenoch would almost certainly succeed her. Since then Hancock expediently came out for Rishi Sunak and is no doubt now hoping to make a ministerial comeback.
Hancock’s entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests suggests he has been struggling to make big bucks outside of politics, reporting just one speaking engagement – in Austria – for which he received £2,447, and various media gigs that made him a further £11,800.
Still, he could yet be in the money at Topwood, his sister Emily’s document management business. Filings at Companies House show the firm, in which Hancock owns a 20% stake, has just raised £600,000 in share capital.