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Michael Gove

By August 13th, 2021Speakers-2021

Michael Gove is Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and MP for Surrey Heath.

After Oxford University, Michael began a career in journalism, culminating in his role as a columnist for The Times newspaper. He was first elected as MP for Surrey Heath in 2005 and has since enjoyed many roles on the Conservative front bench, serving three Prime Ministers.

Michael first served as Shadow Housing Minister followed by Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (2007). He was appointed Secretary of State for Education (2010-2014) by David Cameron in the 2010 coalition Government and also served as Chief Whip (2014-2015) and Lord Chancellor & Secretary of State for Justice (2015-2016).

During the 2016 EU referendum campaign, Michael was co-convener of Vote Leave and took on a leading role during the campaign, making the case for the UK to leave the EU.

In June 2017, Michael was appointed by Theresa May as Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (2017-2019) and after the Conservative party leadership contest which saw Boris Johnson elected Leader and Prime Minister, Michael was appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with responsibility for Brexit preparedness. After the nationwide success of the 2019 General Election, Michael was re-elected as MP for Surrey Heath and reappointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. Alongside this, Michael was tasked with chairing the cross- government response to the covid-19 pandemic.