Mike Kane is the son of Joseph Kane and Kathleen McGirl, Irish immigrants who moved separately to Manchester in 1955. He was born on 9 January 1969 in Wythenshawe and went to school there.
Growing up Mike spent a lot of time caring for his mother who suffered from MS. He was recruited to the Labour Party aged 19 by his local MP, Alf Morris. He was inspired by Alf’s establishment of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act and championing of the rights of disabled people.
On leaving school Mike followed in the footsteps of his father and worked as a Labourer in the building trade. Motivated by the freezing cold conditions during the winter months Mike took the decision to go back into education as a mature student at Manchester University. He graduated in 1999 with a PGCE.
Mike then went on to become a primary school teacher, at Springfield Primary, Sale, before becoming involved in politics and has often found his teaching skills invaluable in political life.
He was first elected to Manchester City Council in Northenden ward in 1991, where he served as the local Councillor until 2008. As a Manchester Councillor Mike became the Executive Member for Arts and Leisure in 2007, overseeing the investment strategy which has led to the transformation of Manchester Central Library.
From 2008 to 2011 Mike worked for James Purnell, Member of Parliament for Stalybridge and Hyde and his successor Jonathan Reynolds. He went on to become an advisor to the leader at Tameside Council from 2011 to 2014.
In 2013 Mike was appointed Acting Chief Executive of Movement for Change, an organisation that builds movements that mobilise the power of people to take action, an approach he has taken into his work as a Member of Parliament. Whilst in this role Mike was involved in high profile campaigns to tackle rogue landlords and legal loan sharks.
Mike was elected as the Member of Parliament for Wythenshawe and Sale East in a by-election on 14th February 2014 and re-elected in May 2015. In the short time since he was first elected Mike has promoted International Aid in his role as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Mary Creagh, as Labour Shadow Minister for International Development he pursued ‘fat cat’ bankers on the Treasury Select Committee and introduced a Bill on the floor of the House to help Mesothelioma sufferers.
From September 2015 to July 2016 Mike served as Shadow Minister for International Development. In this role he highlighted the plight of refugee children and shone a light on corruption and tax avoidance by multinational companies in the developing world.
Mike was appointed Shadow Minister for Schools in October 2016. Just a day later he came out of the blocks firing at his first Education Questions highlighting the government’s failure to support teachers, which he believes is at the heart of the crisis in teachers’ morale.
Mike is married to Sandra. He enjoys keeping free range chickens in his garden. He is a regular football player, a MCFC season ticket holder and plays the flute and the bagpipes in a local pipe band.