Former Scottish government minister Mike Russell accuses Michael Gove of trying to end Treasury system which fixes Scotland's budget; says, 'It's absolutely outrageous that a prospective prime minister is now using a Leave vote to imply that Scotland's budget could be slashed' - Guardian
Editor's note: With David Cameron announcing he'll resign as prime minister following the Brexit result, speculation begins on who might take his place after the Conservative Party conference in the fall. AP reports likely contenders are former London Mayor Boris Johnson and Justice Secretary Michael Gove, who both helped lead the "leave" campaign. - Stephanie
Conservative UK lawmaker Michael Gove suggests he may quit government after EU referendum result, says, he'll do 'exactly as the prime minister asks' - Huffpost Politics (corrects earlier item attributed to unverified Twitter account)
Michael Gove (/ˈɡoʊv/; born 26 August 1967) is a British Conservative politician who was Secretary of State for Education from 2010 to 2014 and Secretary of State for Justice from 2015 to 2016. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Surrey Heath since 2005. He is also an author and was a columnist for The Times.
Born in Edinburgh, Gove was raised in Aberdeen and attended Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, after which he began his career as a journalist. He was first elected to the House of Commons in the 2005 election for the safe Conservative seat of Surrey Heath. He was appointed to the Shadow Cabinet by David Cameron in 2007 as Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families.
After the formation of the Coalition Government in 2010, Gove was appointed Secretary of State for Education. Gove sought to expand the academies programme introduced by the previous Labour Government. At its 2013 conference, Gove was criticised by the National Association of Head Teachers, whose members condemned the "climate of bullying, fear and intimidation" they said he had created during his time as Education Secretary, and passed a vote of no confidence in his policies. Votes of no confidence were also passed by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, National Union of Teachers and NASUWT at their conferences in 2013.
In a 2014 Cabinet reshuffle, Gove was moved to the post of Chief Whip. Following the 2015 election, Gove was promoted to the offices of Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. In 2016, Gove played a major role in the UK's referendum on EU membership as the co-convenor of Vote Leave.
On 30 June 2016, Gove, who was campaign manager for Boris Johnson's drive to become Prime Minister, withdrew his support on the morning that Johnson was due to declare, and announced his own candidacy in the leadership election. In the first round of voting, Gove came third to Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom. He was eliminated from the leadership race on the second ballot on 7 July 2016. Following her appointment as Prime Minister, May sacked him from the Cabinet on 14 July 2016, and he was succeeded as Lord Chancellor by Liz Truss.