Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP


The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP was appointed Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice on 10 May 2015. He was elected Conservative MP for Surrey Heath in 2005.


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.

From July 2014 to May 2015, he served as Government Chief Whip and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury.

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.

Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

The Secretary of State has oversight of all of Ministry of Justice business and is responsible for making improvements to the criminal justice and prison system so that it better serves the public. Other responsibilities include:

  • the resourcing of his department
  • functions of the Lord Chancellor
  • overall strategy and delivery of particular priority programmes
  • EU and international business
  • corporate services
  • public appointments
  • judicial policy including pay, pensions and diversity

He receives a salary as Lord Chancellor and is unpaid as Secretary of State for Justice.

Previous roles in government

  1. Chief Whip (Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury)

    • 2014 to 2015
  2. Secretary of State for Education

    • 2010 to 2014


  1. Family justice system
  2. Administrative justice reform
  3. Civil justice reform
  4. Criminal justice reform
  5. Justice system transparency
  6. Legal aid reform
  7. Sentencing reform
  8. Victims of crime
  9. Young offenders


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  1. Prison estate

    • Statement to Parliament
  2. Biggest shake-up of prison system announced as part of Queen's Speech

    • Press release
  3. Making prisons work

    • Speech
  4. Youth justice announcement

    • Statement to Parliament
  5. Speech to the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism Conference

    • Speech
  6. HM Courts and Tribunals Service

    • Speech
  7. Review of the youth justice system

    • Press release
  8. Review of racial bias and BAME representation in criminal justice system announced

    • Press release
  9. Lord Chancellor reappoints 5 members of the Civil Justice Council

    • News story
  10. Crime news: changes to criminal legal aid contracting

    • News story