Mike Kane

Michael Joseph Patrick Kane (born 9 January 1969) 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.

Mike Kane

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Kane in 2020
Shadow Minister for Aviation and Maritime
Assumed office
9 April 2020
LeaderSir Keir Starmer
Preceded byOffice established
Shadow Minister for Schools
In office
9 October 2016 – 9 April 2020
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byNic Dakin
Succeeded byMargaret Greenwood
Shadow Minister for International Development
In office
18 September 2015 – 27 June 2016
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byAnas Sarwar
Succeeded byImran Hussein
Member of Parliament
for Wythenshawe and Sale East
Assumed office
13 February 2014
Preceded byPaul Goggins
Majority10,396 (23.2%)
Personal details
Michael Joseph Patrick Kane

(1969-01-09) 9 January 1969 (age 52)
Political partyLabour
Alma materManchester Metropolitan University

Early lifeEdit

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

He 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, Hulme, Manchester.[2] He graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BA in Social Sciences in 1997 and a PGCE in 1999.[3]


Kane was a primary school teacher, at Springfield Primary School, Sale, before working in politics.[1][4]

Political careerEdit

Kane joined the Labour Party at 18.[4] 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).[5] He was re-elected in 1995, 1999 and 2003 but lost in 2004 to the Liberal Democrats on new ward boundaries.[6] Kane was appointed Executive Member for Arts and Leisure in 2007.[7]

When his seat came up for re-election in 2008, he was defeated by eight votes, losing to the Liberal Democrat candidate.[8]

Kane backed David Miliband in the 2010 Labour leadership election.[9]

Kane worked behind the scenes for several politicians, including as office manager for Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Stalybridge and Hyde. He was also a parliamentary assistant to Reynolds and James Purnell, the previous MP for Stalybridge and Hyde.[10] He worked for Tameside Council as a Senior Executive Assistant based in the council leader's office.[11] In July 2013 Kane became the acting chief executive of Movement for Change, an organisation set up by David Miliband to run local political campaigns and train organisers.[12]

On 24 January 2014, he was selected as the Labour candidate for the Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election.[13] He was subsequently elected Member of Parliament for Wythenshawe and Sale East with 13,261 votes.[14]

He supported Owen Smith in the failed attempt to replace Jeremy Corbyn in the 2016 Labour Party (UK) leadership election.[15]

In October 2016, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn appointed Kane to the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Minister for Education with responsibility for Schools.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

Kane is married to Sandra Bracegirdle (who is also a councillor in the City of Manchester).[2] He plays a number of wind instruments including the Uilleann pipes, bagpipes and the flute.[17] He is a Manchester City Football Club season ticket holder and, like his predecessor as MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East Paul Goggins, managed to bring Manchester City into his maiden speech in the House of Commons. He also played the pipes in a musical performance before a game at Maine Road, the club's former home ground. In August 2015, Kane won the Northenden boat race.

Kane is a Roman Catholic.[18]


  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 Williams, Jennifer (14 February 2014). "Labour win Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  3. ^ "KANE, Michael Joseph Patrick". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com. 2017 (online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (subscription or UK public library membership required) (subscription required)
  4. ^ a b Perraudin, Frances (10 February 2014). "Wythenshawe and Sale East byelection: what to expect on Thursday". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  5. ^ Colin Rallings, Michael Thrasher, "Local Elections Handbook 1991", Local Government Chronicle Elections Centre, 1991, p. 29.
  6. ^ Colin Rallings, Michael Thrasher, "Local Elections Handbook 2004", Local Government Chronicle Elections Centre, 2004, p. 52.
  7. ^ "Culture News". Manchester City Council. July–August 2007. p. 1.
  8. ^ Colin Rallings, Michael Thrasher, "Local Elections Handbook 2008", Local Government Chronicle Elections Centre, 2008, p. 44.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "Kane makes local connections count as he cruises to victory". Labor uncut. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  11. ^ Billington, Liam. "Tameside's jobs for the boys". The TaxPayers' Alliance. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  12. ^ Christopher Hope, Matthew Holehouse (13 February 2014). "David Miliband organisation run by Labour's candidate in Wythenshawe and Sale East fined over unlawful donations". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ Wintour, Patrick (14 February 2014). "Labour wins Wythenshawe and Sale East byelection with Ukip second". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  15. ^ "Full list of MPs and MEPs backing challenger Owen Smith". LabourList. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  16. ^ "Meet Labour's new education team". 10 October 2016.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ Coughlan, Sean (16 September 2017). "Can Labour get back in touch with Catholic voters?". BBC News. Retrieved 16 September 2017.

External linksEdit

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Paul Goggins
Member of Parliament for
Wythenshawe and Sale East