Michael Gove

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Full name: Michael Andrew Gove (MP Surrey Heath)

Area of interest: Politics and current affairs

Journals/Organisation: The Times

Email: govem@parliament.uk

Personal website: http://www.michaelgove.com

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Representation: Capel and Land

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About: 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

Education: Robert Gordon's College; Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University

Career: The Times in 1995/2005: Leader writer; comment editor, news editor, Saturday editor; assistant editor; also contributed to the Times Literary Supplement, Prospect magazine and The Spectator; worked on BBC's Today programme, On The Record, also Scottish Television and Channel 4 monologue programme A Stab In The Dark; Michael Gove was elected as a Conservative MP in 2005 and was their Shadow Housing Minister, Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, and then Secretary of State for Education from 12th May 2010

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Viewpoints/Insight: One of the Signatories of the Statement of Principles of the Henry Jackson Society (info); Tory Diary: On the emergence of an anti-Islamist intelligentsia

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Video: BBC1 Question Time, 1st June 2006 (video extract); Frequent panelist on BBC Radio 4's The Moral Maze and BBC2's Newsnight Review

Controversy/Criticism: Writer and historian William Dalrymple has described Celsius 7/7 as a "confused epic of simplistic incomprehension" and disputed that Gove has any authority to write about Islamic cluture or history - see Michael Gove's response

Awards/Honours: Charles Douglas-Home Prize

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Other: Married to Sarah Vine, The Times' Arts Editor; Previous chairman of centre-right think tank Policy Exchange, which was launched in 2002

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  • Michael Portillo: The Future of the Right - Michael Gove's biography of Michael Portillo, 1995 (ISBN 1857023358) - nb Michael Portillo once predicted that Michael Gove will be the future leader of the Conservatives
  • The Price of Peace* - critical study of the Northern Ireland peace process, 2000 (ISBN 1903219159)
  • A Blue Tomorrow: New Visions from Modern Conservatives, 2001 (ISBN 1842750275)
  • Celsius 7/7 - How the West's policy of appeasement has provoked yet more fundamentalist terror - and what has to be done now, 2006 (ISBN 0297851462)

Latest work: Biography of Henry St. John, Viscount Bolingbroke - Harper Collins

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