Michael Gove Keynote Speaker

  • One of the most influential Conservative Politicians in recent years
  • Respected Cabinet Minister under x4 Prime Ministers - David Cameron, Theresa May, Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak
  • Chair of the Campaign Committee, Vote Leave (2015)

Michael Gove's Biography

Michael Gove is considered one of the most talented and influential politicians of his generation.  Over the past 14 year he has served in a range of cabinet positions under Prime Ministers David Cameron, Theresa May, Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak. During this time he has twice run to become Leader of the Conservative Party, in 2016 and 2019, finishing in third place on both occasions.

Michael has been a journalist since he left university, working for local and national newspapers, radio and TV. He has reported on issues as diverse as EU corruption in Brussels and the threat to small businesses from red tape as well as championing the victims of crime.

Michael has also appeared regularly on radio and television, as a panellist on Radio Four’s “The Moral Maze” and BBC 2’s “Newsnight Review” and a guest on Channel Four News, Any Questions and Question Time.

Michael is a former Chairman of Policy Exchange, a centre-right think-tank which has come up with innovative policies on policing, local government and fighting terrorism. Policy Exchange’s plans to devolve more power over police priorities to local communities has been widely welcomed and compared to the initiatives introduced by Rudi Giuliani which reduced crime in New York.

Michael was first elected in May 2005. He served as Shadow Minister for Housing & Planning and Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools & Families. Following the 2010 General Election, he served as Secretary of State for Education, and was appointed as Chief Whip in 2014. After the General Election in May 2015, he became Lord Chancellor, Secretary of State for Justice, until July 2016.

He took a prominent role in the successful campaign to leave the European Union, as Co-Convenor of the Vote Leave campaign committee.  After leaving government in July 2016, Michael helped found Change Britain and served as Vice Chair of the Select Committee on Exiting the European Union.  He also returned to The Times to write a weekly column.

Following the General Election 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.

Michael was re-elected as MP for Surrey Heath and reappointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. He took a prominent role in handling the UK government response to the pandemic.

From September 2021 – July 2022, Michael served as Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities and Minister for Intergovernmental Relations.

In October 2022, Michael was reappointed by the Prime Minister Rishi Sunak as Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities and Minister for Intergovernmental Relations.

Michael stepped down from front line politics at the 2024 General Election.

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