Culture minister Matt Hancock claims he listens to the grime artist and Mercury Prize winner Skepta “in the back of the ministerial car” … but has failed to identify any of his songs.

The Conservative MP, according to The Mirror, said he was a huge fan when he pitched up at the awards ceremony after-party.

Well done @skepta – deserved winner of this year's #MercuryPrize with a moving acceptance speech too

— Matt Hancock (@MattHancockMP) September 16, 2016

He said: “I’ve just met Skepta, why wouldn’t I be here? We listen to it in the back of the ministerial car.”

But when questioned about his favourite song, Hancock allegedly turned to an aide for help. “Jonathan. Help me out here,” he asked before Jonathan replied with “Shutdown”.

Matt Hancock (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

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Hancock went on to talk about how Skepta embodies Thatcherite values. He said: “The thing that excites me is he can break through. I don’t like to wallow in poverty. I think wherever you come from, you can make it.

“Grime represents modern Britain… the entrepreneurial, go-getting nature. It speaks that wherever you come from you can make it.”

Skepta (Matt Crossick/PA)