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

  1. Gove calls for 30 per cent of world’s oceans to be protected by 2030
  2. Appointments to National Park and AONB boards
  3. New data shows drop in bovine TB as further measures to fight disease unveiled
  4. Significant progress and a setback for flood reduction work in a Lancashire town
  5. Landmark Agriculture Bill to deliver a Green Brexit
  6. UK farmers given support for seasonal labour with new pilot scheme
  7. New pilot scheme to bring 2,500 seasonal workers to UK farms
  8. Stourton flood defence works complete protecting businesses
  9. Plastic bag charge set to be rolled out to all retailers
  10. Cruel electric shock collars for pets to be banned