Michael was born in Edinburgh in 1967 and brought up in Aberdeen. He is married to Sarah Vine, a columnist at The Daily Mail, and they have two children. He has been a journalist since university, working for local and national newspapers, radio and TV, and his book, Celsius 7/7, was released in 2006 to much critical acclaim. 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.
Michael was first elected as MP for Surrey Heath in May 2005, and is an active campaigner, having run vital projects to protect the local environment, and improve public transport. Following the 2010 General Election, he was appointed as Secretary of State for Education, and is passionately committed to raising standards in schools and helping children from less privileged backgrounds to maximise their potential. In July 2014, Michael was appointed Chief Whip.