To celebrate, here are some facts you might not know…
- Michael Gove turns 46 today. This is young by Ed Sec standards. The average age on entry is 50.
- The only other Ed Sec to turn 46 while in post is….. Margaret Thatcher.
- Gove is currently the 7th longest-serving Education Secretary having recently overtaken Kenneth Baker.
- He has another ~160 days before he steals 6th place (from Thatcher).
- He is the first Ed Sec in 46 years to have previously been President of the Oxford Union. Four other Ed Secs have held that role (Quintin Hogg, Michael Stewart, Edward Boyle & Anthony Crosland).
- He is the second Education Secretary to be born in Edinburgh. The first was Florence Horsbrugh, born in 1889 (79 years before Gove).
- He is the only Ed Sec known to have been raised from birth by adoptive parents.
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