Michael Andrew Gove (; born Graeme Andrew Logan; 26 August 1967) is a British Conservative politician who has been Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster since July 2019.
He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Surrey Heath since 2005.
He was appointed to the Shadow Cabinet by David Cameron in 2007 as Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families.
Gove served in the Cameron governments as Secretary of State for Education from 2010 to 2014 and Secretary of State for Justice from 2015 to 2016, and in the second May government as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
He has twice run to become Leader of the Conservative Party, in 2016 and 2019, finishing in third place on both occasions.He began a career as an author and journalist, in particular writing for The Times.The National Association of Head Teachers Association of Teachers and Lecturers, National Union of Teachers and NASUWT passed motions of no confidence in his policies at their conferences in 2013.
In a 2014 Cabinet reshuffle, Gove was moved to the post of Chief Whip.
Following the 2015 election, Gove was promoted to the office of Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor.
In 2016, Gove played a major role in the UK's referendum on EU membership as the co-convenor of Vote Leave.
Along with fellow Conservative MP Boris Johnson, Gove was seen as one of the most prominent figures of the Vote Leave campaign.On 30 June 2016, Gove, who was campaign manager for Boris Johnson's leadership bid to become Prime Minister, withdrew his support on the morning that Johnson was due to declare, and announced his own candidacy in the leadership election.
Following her appointment as Prime Minister, May sacked him from the position of Justice Secretary on 14 July 2016; however, he returned to the Cabinet following the 2017 general election as Environment Secretary.
Upon the appointment of Johnson as Prime Minister, Gove was appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, with responsibilities including preparations for a no-deal Brexit.