Michael Andrew Gove, MP (born Edinburgh 26 August 1967) is a British Conservative politician, journalist and author. He has been Member of Parliament for Surrey Heath since 2005 and Secretary of State for Education since 12 May 2010. He was formerly Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families. Gove was appointed a Privy Counsellor on 13 May 2010.
Gove was born in Edinburgh. At four months old, he was adopted by a Labour-supporting family in Aberdeen, where he was brought up. His adoptive father ran a fish processing business; his mother was a lab assistant at the University of Aberdeen before working at the Aberdeen School for the Deaf.
He was state school educated in Aberdeen, later attending the independent Robert Gordon's College, to which he won a scholarship. From 1985 to 1988 he studied English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, where he served as President of the Oxford Union.