Michael Gove

British politician

Michael Andrew Gove (born 26 August 1967) is an British politician. In July 2019, he became the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster for the Boris Johnson ministry. He was the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from 2017 to 2019 for the Theresa May ministry. He was the Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, and was the Secretary of State for Education from 12 May 2010 to 15 July 2014. He is the Member of Parliament for the Surrey Heath constituency in the United Kingdom. He was first elected in the 2005 general election.

Michael Gove

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Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Assumed office
24 July 2019
Prime MinisterBoris Johnson
Preceded byDavid Lidington
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
In office
11 June 2017 – 24 July 2019
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byAndrea Leadsom
Succeeded byTheresa Villiers
Secretary of State for Justice
Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain
In office
9 May 2015 – 13 July 2016
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byChris Grayling
Succeeded byElizabeth Truss
Chief Whip of the House of Commons
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
In office
15 July 2014 – 9 May 2015
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byGeorge Young
Succeeded byMark Harper
Secretary of State for Education
In office
12 May 2010 – 15 July 2014
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byEd Balls
Succeeded byNicky Morgan
Shadow Cabinet positions
Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
In office
2 July 2007 – 11 May 2010
LeaderDavid Cameron
Preceded byDavid Willetts
Succeeded byEd Balls
Member of Parliament
for Surrey Heath
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded byNick Hawkins
Majority24,943 (43.1%)
Personal details
Graeme Logan

(1967-08-26) 26 August 1967 (age 52)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Political partyConservative
Sarah Vine (m. 2001)
EducationRobert Gordon's College
Alma materLady Margaret Hall, Oxford (BA)

He is a member of the Conservative Party. He was one of the candidates in the 2016 Conservative leadership election. After becoming Prime Minister, Theresa May fired Gove from the Cabinet.[2] However in 2017 she brought him back and made him the Environment Secretary.

He grew up in Aberdeen.[3] He studied English at Lady Margaret Hall at Oxford University. Gove is married to Sarah Vine, a writer for The Times.[4] They have a daughter and son. He belongs to the Church of England[5]

On 26 May 2019, Gove announced his campaign to run for Leader of the Conservative Party in the 2019 election.[6] He narrowly lost in third place on the fifth ballot and was eliminated on 20 June.

Gove is a Queens Park Rangers F.C supporter.


  • Michael Portillo: The Future of the Right (1995) ISBN 1-85702-335-8
  • The Price of Peace (2000) ISBN 1-903219-15-9
  • A Blue Tomorrow – New Visions for Modern Conservatives (2001) (ed. with Edward Vaizey and Nicholas Boles) ISBN 1-84275-027-5
  • Celsius 7/7 (2006) ISBN 0-297-85146-2


  1. "Michael Gove". Start the Week.
  2. "Theresa May's cabinet: Who's in and who's out?". BBC News. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  3. "Teenage Michael Gove supported Labour" The Telegraph, 16 May 2010
  4. "Michael Gove". The Conservative Party. Retrieved 8 May 2010.
  5. "While Blair converts to Catholicism, only 8 ministers say they believe in God". Daily Mail. London. 22 December 2007. Retrieved 23 November 2010.
  6. "Tory leadership: Gove becomes eighth candidate to enter race". BBC. Retrieved 26 May 2019.