The 1967 born politician Michael Gove is a member of British Conservative Party. Since 2017, he serves as a Secretary of State for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs. From 2005, he has been serving as a member of Parliament representing Surrey Health. Prior to his political career, he has worked as a journalist. He has written for the popular firm like ‘The Press and Journal’ and ‘The Times’. Also, he spent his time with newspapers like ‘The Times Literary Supplement’, ‘Prospect Magazine’, and ‘The Spectator’. Further, Gove worked with networks like BBC’s Today and ‘On the Record’, Scottish Television and Channel 4’s program ‘A Stab in the Dark’ and so on.
In 2005, he entered in Parliament as a ‘House of Commons’ representing Surrey Health. Then later appointed as Shadow Cabinet under the government of David Cameron. He was appointed as Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools, and Families. However, in 2016, the position he had held was removed by new PM Theresa May. In the 2017 general election, he returned to the Cabinet as Environment Secretary.
Michael Gove: Bio, Family, Education
The MP was born on 26 August 1967, in Edinburgh, Scotland as Graeme Andrew Logan. Later he was adopted at the age of four and raised by his adoptive parents Ernest and Christine Gove. After adoption, he named as Michael Andrew Gove but his original name was given by his biological mother. Further, he mistook his biological mother as an Edinburgh student for years. His adoptive father owns s fish processing business and mother was a lab assistant at the University of Aberdeen.
Looking at his education, he completed his basic education from a State Schoo. Later he went to independent Robert Gordon’s College after winning a scholarship. As a student, he was very bright and also had a playful behavior. For this in 2012, he had written an apology letter to his French teacher. Later, he joined Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford where MP Dominic Raab has also attended. There he studied English and also served as President of the Oxford Union. Additionally, the university has honored him by an upper second-class degree.
Michael Gove: Career & Life Achievements
Before starting his Political career, he was involved in journalism. After graduation, he worked as a trainee at ‘The Press and Journal’ in Aberdeen. Further, he spent months strike in between 1989-1990 over union recognition and representation. Then in 1996, he joined as a lead writer at ‘The Times’. During his time in The Times, he has interviewed Donald Trump on 27 January along with Kai Diekmann from ‘Bild’. After that, he has worked with different networks before starting his professional political career.
Gove was briefly with the Labour Party in 1993 in Aberdeen and left to go to Oxford University. In the University, he joined the University Conservative Association. Then became the secretary of Aberdeen South Young Conservatives. After that, he applied a post at the Conservative Research Department, by stating ‘insufficiently political’ and turned to journalism.
In 2005 general election, he first entered as ‘House of Commons’ then elected as the conservative member of Parliament for Surrey Health. Under David Cameron government, Gove has been appointed as Shadow Housing Spokesman. In July 2007. he promoted to Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools, and Families.
In the 2010 general election, he became the Secretary of State for Education. And served till 2015 when he promoted to Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary in his newly formed cabinet. During his time as a secretary for education, he has brought positive changes. However, in 2016, he was removed from his post of Justice Secretary by PM Theresa May.
By the year 2016, Gove gained third place in the 2016 Conservative Party (UK) leadership election after Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom. However, he lost the second ballot of 46 votes compared to the other two opponents. In the 2017 general election, he elected as Environment Secretary by PM Theresa May.
In April 2019, despite Gove’s refusal of declaring the climate emergency in the UK, Parliament passed a motion. On 26 May 2019, he announced that he would stand for the Conservative leadership along with Jeremy Hunt, Boris Johnson, and so on.
— Michael Gove (@michaelgove) June 18, 2019
Michael Gove: Personal Life & Wife
Coming over to his personal life, Gove is a happily married man. He married a British columnist, Sarah Rosemary Vine, born on April 1967, in Swansea, Wales, UK. She has worked with the top-notch companies like ‘The Times’ and ‘DailyMail’. The couple married during the year 2001. However, there isn’t much information about their first meetings or marriage details.
Together the couple has welcomed two children: Beatrice and William Gove. Moreover, Sarah has been surrounded by the controversy of her personal life in account with ‘Private Eye’ who satire her as ‘Sarah Vain’. The facts like her personal issues of weight gain, hair loss, and menopause won praise for her honesty.
Caption: MP Michael Gove with his wife Sarah Vine
Furthermore, Gove admitted that as a young journalist, he used drugs(cocaine). Therefore, this controversy has wrapped to led questions of double standards and trust.
Michael Gove: Net Worth & Social Media Profiles
Regarding the net worth of the politician personality, there is not much information on his net worth. Also, his exact salary is not available in the media. According to some reliable sources, his net worth estimated around $110 million.
The politician also interacts with his followers and people through different social media platforms. On Instagram, he has an account @michael.gove.mp with over 2K followers. The MP has a Facebook account with over 8K followers. Also, on Twitter, he has the handle @michaelgove with 105K followers.
Body Measurements & Facts
- Height: 5 feet 9 inches
- Weight: approx 58 Kgs
- Eye color: Blue
- Hair color: Greyish
- Net Worth: $110 million (USD)
- Gove has become the second British politician to meet Trump as President-elect of the United States.
- He was a member of winning team in Grampian Television’s quiz show ‘Top Club’.
- Actor Oliver Maltman has portrayed the character of Gove in the HBO show ‘Brexit: The Uncivil War’.
- Gove criticized academic and television interpretations of World War I in a controversial article in 2014.
- He is also one of the MPs who co-authored ‘Direct Democracy: An agenda for a New Model Party’ in 2005.