Mike Kane

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Mike Kane
MP
Member of Parliament
for Wythenshawe and Sale East
Incumbent
Assumed office
13 February 2014
Preceded by Paul Goggins
Majority 8,960 (37.4%)
Personal details
Born Michael Joseph Patrick Kane
Political party Labour

Michael Joseph Patrick Kane is a British Labour Party politician who was elected as Member of Parliament for Wythenshawe and Sale East on 13 February 2014. The by-election was held following the death of Paul Goggins MP.

Early life[edit]

Kane is the son of Joseph Kane and Kathleen McGirl, Irish immigrants who moved separately to Manchester in 1955.[1]

Career[edit]

Kane was a primary school teacher, at Springfield Primary School, Sale, before working in politics.[1][2]

Political career[edit]

Kane joined the Labour Party at 18.[2] In 1991 he was elected to Manchester City Council in Northenden ward, gaining his seat from the Conservatives (the sitting councillor stood as an Independent Conservative against her replacement, but Kane had more votes than both put together).[3] He was re-elected in 1995, 1999 and 2003, and then topped the poll in 2004 on new ward boundaries.[4] Kane was appointed Executive Member for Arts and Leisure in 2007.[5] When his seat came up for re-election in 2008, he was defeated by eight votes, losing to the Liberal Democrat candidate.[6]

He backed David Miliband in the 2010 Labour leadership election.[7]

He has worked behind the scenes for a number of politicians. He worked for Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Stalybridge and Hyde, as his office manager.[8] He was also a parliamentary assistant to James Purnell, the previous MP for Stalybridge and Hyde, and Jonathan Reynolds.[9] He worked for Tameside Council as a Senior Executive Assistant based in the council leader's office.[8]

On 24 January 2014, he was selected as the Labour candidate for the Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election.[10] He was subsequently elected Member of Parliament for Wythenshawe and Sale East with 13,261 votes.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Kane attended St Aidan's Primary School in Northern Moor; he moved on to St Paul's RC High School in Newall Green before studying for his A Levels at Loreto College in Hulme, Manchester. He is married to Sandra Bracegirdle.[12] He plays a number of wind instruments including the Uilleann pipes, bagpipes and the flute.[13] He is a lifelong supporter of Manchester City and has been a season-ticket holder for many years.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hennessy, Mark (10 February 2014). "Son of Irish immigrants looks set to take seat for Labour". The Irish Times. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Perraudin, Frances (10 February 2014). "Wythenshawe and Sale East byelection: what to expect on Thursday". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Colin Rallings, Michael Thrasher, "Local Elections Handbook 1991", Local Government Chronicle Elections Centre, 1991, p. 29.
  4. ^ Colin Rallings, Michael Thrasher, "Local Elections Handbook 2004", Local Government Chronicle Elections Centre, 2004, p. 52.
  5. ^ "Culture News". Manchester City Council. July–August 2007. p. 1. 
  6. ^ Colin Rallings, Michael Thrasher, "Local Elections Handbook 2008", Local Government Chronicle Elections Centre, 2008, p. 44.
  7. ^ Hope, Christopher (5 February 2014). "Labour's Wythenshawe and Sale East candidate wanted David Miliband to be leader". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Billington, Liam. "Tameside’s jobs for the boys". The TaxPayers' Alliance. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Kane makes local connections count as he cruises to victory". Labor uncut. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  10. ^ Williams, Jennifer (24 January 2014). "Labour choose ex-councillor Michael Kane to defend the late Paul Goggins' Wythenshawe and Sale East seat in by-election". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  11. ^ Wintour, Patrick (14 February 2014). "Labour wins Wythenshawe and Sale East byelection with Ukip second". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  12. ^ Williams, Jennifer (14 February 2014). "Labour win Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  13. ^ Williams, Jennifer (12 February 2014). "Hidden Agenda: Prospective MP Mike Kane flies the Red Flag, on his flute". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Paul Goggins
Member of Parliament for Wythenshawe and Sale East
2014 - present
Incumbent