A former primary school teacher, Mike began his political career as a Councillor on Manchester City Council in 1991 where, as the Executive Member for Arts and Leisure, he oversaw the investment strategy which led to the transformation of Central Library.
Mike was Parliamentary Assistant to James Purnell, the MP for Stalybridge and Hyde from May 2008-2010, and then the incoming MP for Jonathan Reynolds from May 2010 –July 2011. He worked for Tameside Council as a Senior Executive Assistant based in the council leader’s office from July 2011 – February 2014.
Mike was also the national Chair of Movement for Change 2010-13 and Acting Chief Executive of the organisation from July 2013 –February 2014.
In a by-election in February 2014 Mike was elected as the Member of Parliament for his home constituency, Wythenshawe and Sale East. In September 2015 Mike was appointed Shadow Minister for International Development. In October 2016 Mike was appointed Shadow Minister for Schools.
Mike plays the bagpipes and flute and is an avid Manchester City fan.