Mike was born in 1963 and is married with two sons.
Educated at the City of Liverpool College of Higher Education, he graduated from the University of Lancaster with a degree in Drama and English Literature.
While working in local authority libraries he became a Trade Union Official for NALGO and then UNISON.
In 2000 he became a full-time Officer for UNISON, predominantly covering local Government and the NHS in Hartlepool and other areas of the Tees Valley.
Until his election as Member of Parliament in 2017, Mike was also the Political Officer for UNISON Northern Region and Vice Chair of Labour North.
On moving to the North East, Mike chose to live in Hartlepool and educate his sons here. He is passionate about the place and its people and is a staunch campaigner for public services.
Mike says: “I am proud to be the MP for my hometown of Hartlepool. Since day one I have worked tirelessly to raise the profile of the people and the place in Westminster and at home. Fighting for a better deal for Hartlepool is what I’m all about. Whether it’s battling for jobs or protecting our NHS services; or looking after individual constituents’ cases, I try to make a difference to the lives for everyday people, and do what’s right for the town.”