Matt Hancock on his dyslexia: 'Spellchecker saved my life professionally'

Matt Hancock

Matt Hancock at the Conservative party conference. Image: Getty

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The health secretary has revealed his struggles with dyslexia, telling Julia Hartley-Brewer that "spellchecker saved my life professionally".

News of Matt Hancock's dyslexia hit headlines yesterday, after he made the revelation in an interview with GQ magazine.

Appearing on the breakfast show, Hancock said: "I thought that being dyslexic and talking about it might portray a weakness, but actually I came to realise for me, it's been a strength.

"I was talking to somebody else, who both of us were dyslexic and neither of us knew, and then we both found out, and he said to me look, you've made the cabinet. You really can talk about his. Maybe it'll help some other people who are gorowing up and are dyslexic to realise that you really can get quite a long way in life.



"I also want to pay tribute to Ed Balls because he had a stammer and he didn't talk about that for a long time and then he did and hearing him talk about it helped me to decide to go public."

Hancock, who was diagnosed with dyslexia at university, also revealed his reliance on the spellchecker function, claiming it "saved my life professionally".

"I had a tutor who said to me look, when you talk about this stuff you make the argument well and when you write it down it's muddled. And then I got help and that made a huge difference to my life.

"Another thing that really saved my life professionally was spellchecker. I started working 20 years ago and Microsoft Word and spellchecker had just become normal. If I had arrived in the workplace 10 years before that, I think i would have made really basic errors."