Chief Whip and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury

The Rt Hon Michael Gove

Biography

The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP was appointed as Commons Chief Whip on 15 July 2014. He is the Conservative MP for Surrey Heath.

Education

Michael was educated at Robert Gordon’s College, Aberdeen and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University.

Political career

Michael was Shadow Minister for Housing from 2005 to 2007 and Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families from 2007 to 2010. He was appointed Secretary of State for Education in May 2010.

Career outside politics

Michael became a journalist after leaving university, working as a reporter for The Press and Journal in Aberdeen, a researcher and reporter at Scottish Television and a reporter for BBC Television. He was later Assistant Editor of The Times.

Personal life

Michael is married with 2 children.

Chief Whip and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury

The Chief Whip is responsible for administering the whipping system that ensures that members of the party attend and vote in Parliament as the party leadership desires.

Whips are MPs or Lords appointed by each party in Parliament to help organise their party’s contribution to parliamentary business. One of their responsibilities is making sure the maximum number of their party members vote, and vote the way their party wants.

Other whip duties

Whips frequently act as tellers (counting votes in divisions). They also manage the pairing system whereby Members of opposing parties both agree not to vote when other business (such as a select committee visit) prevents them from being present at Westminster.

Whips are also largely responsible (together with the Leader of the House in the Commons) for arranging the business of Parliament. In this role they are frequently referred to as ‘the usual channels’.

Previous roles in government

  1. Secretary of State for Education

    • 2010 to 2014

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  1. Michael Gove speaks about the future of education reform

    • 10 July 2014
    • Speech
  2. Lowest rate of young people NEET for 20 years

    • 25 June 2014
    • Press release
  3. New schools bring total number of free school places to 175,000

    • 19 June 2014
    • Press release
  4. New school food standards

    • 17 June 2014
    • Press release
  5. School Teachers' Review Body: 24th report

    • 10 June 2014
    • Statement to Parliament
  6. Birmingham schools: Secretary of State for Education's statement

    • 9 June 2014
    • Statement to Parliament
  7. PM actions in response to allegations of extremism in schools

    • 9 June 2014
    • News story
  8. The purpose of our school reforms

    • 7 June 2014
    • Speech
  9. Chair of the School Teachers' Review Body: position advertised

    • 19 May 2014
    • News story
  10. Independent review of initial teacher training courses launched

    • 1 May 2014
    • Press release