Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP

Biography

The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP was appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 11 June 2017. He was elected Conservative MP for Surrey Heath in 2005.

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 served as Secretary of State for Education from May 2010 until July 2014. From July 2014 to May 2015, he served as Government Chief Whip and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury. Michael also served as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice from May 2015 until 14 July 2016.

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.

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • departmental administration
  • emergencies
  • international relations
  • oversight of EU exit work and post-EU policy programme

Previous roles in government

  1. Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

    • 2015 to 2016
  2. Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (Chief Whip)

    • 2014 to 2015
  3. Secretary of State for Education

    • 2010 to 2014

Announcements

  1. Independent review calls for action to tackle serious and organised waste crime
  2. Review of government’s bovine TB strategy published
  3. Pet owners encouraged to seek advice on travel plans ahead of EU Exit
  4. Agriculture Bill: letter to Scottish Government
  5. Secretary of State meetings with HB Grandi and LYSI
  6. Michael Gove announces new funding to protect bees
  7. Gove launches Fisheries Bill to take back control of UK waters
  8. Public to have say on new National Parks
  9. Fair funding for farmers across all parts of the UK
  10. IWT Conference 2018: Declaration commits over 50 countries to action for endangered species