Mike Kane is the Labour Member of Parliament for Wythenshawe and Sale East, the home constituency of The Pulse Culture Editor Caitlin Mclaren.
Kane is the son of Irish immigrants to Manchester, and went to school in the city. He joined the Labour Party in 1987, and in 1991 was elected to Northenden Ward on Manchester City Council, winning it from the Conservatives.
He became an Executive Member of Manchester City Council, for Arts and Leisure, but lost his ward seat in 2008 to the Liberal Democrats.
Kane has worked previously as a teacher, and after leaving teaching in politics, as a Parliamentary Assistant, a Parliamentary Office Manager, and a Chief Executive of a Labour-affiliated organisation.
In 2014, he was selected as the Labour candidate for the Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election, created by the death of his predecessor, Paul Goggins. He won the seat comfortably, with a 37.4% majority ahead of UKIP’s John Bickley.
Kane is now Shadow Minister of State for Schools in Jeremy Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet.