Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP

Biography

The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP was appointed Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice on 10 May 2015. 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.

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. Secretary of State for Education

    • 2010 to 2014
  2. Chief Whip (Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury)

    • 2014 to 2015

Policies

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

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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