Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP

Biography

The Rt Hon Michael Gove was appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 24 July 2019.

He was previously Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from June 2017 to July 2019. 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.

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster administers the estates and rents of the Duchy of Lancaster, and is a member of the Cabinet. After the Prime Minister, he is the most senior minister in the Cabinet Office. He is responsible for:

  • Oversight of all government departments’ preparations for Brexit
  • Oversight of all communications and other government interventions to ensure businesses and citizens get ready for Brexit
  • Chairing and deputy chairing Cabinet committees
  • Oversight of the devolution consequences of Brexit

More about this role

Cabinet Office

Previous roles in government

  1. Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  2. Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
  3. Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (Chief Whip)
  4. Secretary of State for Education

Announcements

  1. Communiqués from the Inter Ministerial Group for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  2. European Union (Withdrawal) Act and Common Frameworks report
  3. Statement to the House on Brexit preparedness
  4. No-Deal Readiness Report
  5. Joint Ministerial Committee (EU Negotiations) communiqué: 10 Oct
  6. CDL Commons statement on Brexit preparations: 8 October 2019
  7. Brexit readiness report published
  8. Remarks at the German Embassy by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: 3 October 2019
  9. Joint Ministerial Committee (EU Negotiations) communiqué: 12 September 2019
  10. Ministers and banks to support small and medium businesses (SMEs) to seize Brexit opportunities