Michael Gove

Biography

Michael Gove was re-elected MP for Surrey Heath with a majority of 17,289 votes.

He became education secretary after the 2010 general election.

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.

MP for Surrey Heath, May 2005 - Shadow Minister for Housing, Dec 2005 - June 2007 Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, June 2007 - FAMILY LIFE: Married to Sarah Vine Two children

Constituency

Surrey Heath

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Constituency Address

Surrey Heath Conservative Association , Curzon House , Church Road , Windlesham , GU20 6BH

Constituency Tel

01276 472468

Date of Birth

26 August 1967

Email

martinja@parliament.uk

Party

Conservative

Personal Website

www.michaelgove.com

Westminster Address

House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Westminster Tel

0207 219 6804