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:

  • oversight of EU exit work and the overall policy programme
  • international relations
  • emergencies
  • departmental administration

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

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  1. UK Government Ministers support Wales’ rural economy at Royal Welsh Show

    • Press release
  2. Farming regulation changes proposed

    • Press release
  3. New scheme to fight plastics pollution gains Government grant funding

    • Press release
  4. Hive of activity to raise awareness of Bees' Needs

    • Press release
  5. Ivory ban could protect hippos, walruses and narwhals

    • News story
  6. Government publishes plan for an independent fisheries policy

    • Press release
  7. Zac Goldsmith announced as Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference champion

    • Press release
  8. New cash to fight the illegal wildlife trade

    • News story
  9. Consumer Council for Water Board member appointments

    • Press release
  10. China lifts ban on exports of British beef

    • Press release