Sarah Vine

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Sarah Vine
Sarah Rosemary Vine

April 1967 (age 53)
Swansea, Wales, UK
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Michael Gove (m. 2001)

Sarah Rosemary Vine (born April 1967[1]) is a British columnist. She has written for the tabloid newspaper The Daily Mail since 2013. She was previously arts editor at The Times.

Early life[edit]

Sarah Rosemary Vine was born in Swansea, Wales in April 1967.[2] She has a younger brother who lives in Madrid, Spain. When she was five, the family moved to Italy, initially staying in Rome, before moving to Frascati. She reports that she returned to the United Kingdom, at the age of 16 and that she attended the comprehensive schools Hammersmith and West London, Holland Park School, and Lewes Technical College near Brighton.[3] Vine studied modern languages at University College London.


After graduation, Vine worked in customer services for the retailer Hobbs Ltd. She then did a series of jobs within journalism including as a TV listings sub at Daily Mirror, features editor for the magazine Tatler, before joining The Times newspaper. She was promoted to arts editor at the newspaper.[4]

Along with Rosemary Davidson, in 2007 she co-wrote the book The Great Big Glorious Book for Girls.[5] She was a columnist for The Times newspaper for 15 years before joining the tabloid newspaper, The Daily Mail in 2013.[2] In 2019, she received the Columnist of the Year – Popular (2018) award at the Society of Editors' Press Awards.[6]

In March 2014, she and her husband's decision to send their daughter to Grey Coat Hospital comprehensive school in Westminster made Gove the first Conservative Party education secretary to have chosen the state over the private sector for their child's secondary schooling. In her column for the Daily Mail, Vine celebrated the "miracle" of state education and criticised private education, saying "Its agenda is a fundamentally selective one, based not only on ability to pay, but also on pupil potential. And it is also, let's face it, about snobbery".[7] Vine added that her decision to send her daughter to a state secondary school was motivated by a desire for her child to receive a broad education: "that you shouldn't judge people by their clothes, or where they live, but by who they really are. That, in my view, is the miracle of our state education system. Like the NHS, it welcomes all-comers. The state doesn't care where its pupils come from; all that matters is where they're heading."[7]

In November 2014, she wrote a column criticising food writer and activist Jack Monroe for mentioning the death of David Cameron's son in 2009 in one of a series of tweets criticising Cameron. Vine went on to question Monroe's decision to have a child herself insinuating that her choice led to her own poverty. Monroe condemned the article as 'homophobic, transphobic, deadnaming, ignorant, and generally ghastly lies'.[8]

During the 2015 United Kingdom general election, Vine used her column to criticise Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, his wife and their 'forlorn little kitchen'. In the same column, she reported that her own kitchen was '10 years old' and that the 'hob has many knobs missing'. Private Eye magazine questioned this as it commented that £7,000 had been spent on the kitchen as part of her husband Michael Gove's MP expenses. Vine suggested that this was a 'twisted interpretation'.[9]

In the 2016 UK referendum on EU membership, she voted for the UK to leave the EU.[10] On 28 June, she accidentally sent a private email meant to be read by Gove and his close advisors to a member of the public, who leaked it to the press. In the email, Vine had advised her husband not to back Boris Johnson's bid to become leader of the Conservative Party unless 'specific assurances' were given to him.[11][12] Two days later, Johnson unexpectedly dropped out of the 2016 Conservative Party leadership election, after Gove made a surprise bid to become leader.[13]

Personal life[edit]

She has been married to Conservative MP and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove since 2001. They met when she was the arts editor and he was the comments editor at The Times newspaper. They have one son and one daughter.[14] Vine is the godmother to one of former Prime Minister David Cameron's daughters.[4]


  1. ^ "Sarah Vine Limited – Officers (free information from Companies House)". Companies House, Government of the United Kingdom. 20 November 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b Martinson, Jane (2 July 2016). "Sarah Vine: Daily Mail columnist and driving force behind Gove's PM dream". The Guardian.
  3. ^ Vine, Sarah (7 March 2014). "Sarah Vine: Why I want my daughter to go to a state school". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  4. ^ a b Hodge, Gavanndra (1 June 2017). "Exclusive! Sarah Vine's first ever interview". Tatler.
  5. ^ Cadwalladr, Carole (12 August 2007). "Review: The Great Big Glorious Book for Girls by Rosemary Davidson and Sarah Vine". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  6. ^ Mayhew, Freddy (3 April 2019). "Times titles win big at Society of Editors' Press Awards". Press Gazette. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  7. ^ a b Adams, Richard (5 March 2014). "Sarah Vine praises 'miracle' of state education in Daily Mail column". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  8. ^ Selby, Jenn (24 November 2014). "Jack Monroe: David Cameron 'uses stories about his dead son as misty-eyed rhetoric' to legitimise NHS privatisation". The Independent.
  9. ^ Walker, Peter (24 March 2015). "The knives are out: Sarah Vine and Jay Rayner clash on Twitter over kitchens". The Guardian.
  10. ^ Vine, Sarah (9 September 2017). "Voted Leave? It's one way to lose friends, says Sarah Vine". The Spectator. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  11. ^ Swinford, Steven; Dominiczak, Peter; McCann, Kate (30 June 2016). "Michael Gove's wife Sarah Vine warned him about risks of backing Boris Johnson without 'specific' assurances on migration controls". The Daily Telegraph.
  12. ^ Mason, Rowena; Kennedy, Maev (29 June 2016). "Michael Gove's wife exposes doubts about Boris Johnson with email blunder". The Guardian.
  13. ^ Stewart, Heather; Elgot, Jessica (30 June 2016). "Boris Johnson rules himself out of Tory leadership race". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  14. ^ "Gove, Rt Hon. Michael (Andrew)". UK Who's Who. Retrieved 19 October 2019.