Michael Gove was re-elected MP for Surrey Heath on May 7th 2015 with 32582 votes, taking 59.9% of the vote.
He became education secretary after the 2010 general election. Between 2014 an 2015 he was Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury Government Chief Whip in the House of Commons, and after his re-election in 2015 he became Lord Chancellor Secretary of State for Justice.
Michael was educated at both state and independent schools, in England and Scotland, and his mother worked at Aberdeen School for the Deaf and Aberdeen University.
All his experiences have led to a commitment to raise standards in state schools and help children from less privileged backgrounds maximise their potential.
Michael was brought up in Aberdeen by his mother and father, who ran a fish-processing business. He is married to Sarah Vine, a writer for The Times, and has two children.
They now live in Surrey Heath, where Michael has been MP since 2005. He is an active local campaigner, having run vital projects to protect the local environment, improve public transport and help police deal with anti-social behaviour.
Michael worked as a journalist before entering into politics, and whilst at The Times he joined Frances Lawrence, widow of murdered headmaster Philip Lawrence, to fight street crime and its causes. Their campaign influenced legislation to ban combat knives and led to the creation of an award scheme for good citizenship among the young. This desire to encourage young people to lead better lives carried through into Michael's role before the 2010 general election as Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families.
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Date of Birth
26 August 1967
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