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About Michael

Michael Dugher was elected to serve as the Member of Parliament for the Barnsley East constituency at the 2010 General Election.

Michael is the Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, having been appointed as a full member of the Shadow Cabinet in October 2013. He had previously attended the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Minister without Portfolio since October 2011 and was also Vice-Chair of the Labour Party.

Prior to that, Michael was: Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband; Shadow Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology; and briefly a member of the Public Administration Select Committee.

Born in Doncaster in 1975, Michael was brought up in Edlington, then a pit village in South Yorkshire. He was educated at St Mary's RC primary school, Edlington, and at the McAuley RC School, Doncaster. He went on to read Politics at the University of Nottingham, graduating in 1997.

Before being elected as the MP for Barnsley East, Michael worked at 10 Downing Street as Chief Political Spokesman for the then Prime Minister Gordon Brown. He previously worked as a Special Adviser in a variety of government roles including: Transport, Local Government and the Regions; Defence; for the Leader of the House of Commons; and for the Government Chief Whip.

Michael also worked in industry as UK Director of Government Relations for EDS, then a large global technology services business (now Hewlett Packard). Before working in government he was a research officer and later Head of Policy for the AEEU engineering union (now Unite the Union). A former shop steward, Michael is a member of both Unite the Union and Unison.

Since being elected, Michael has joined several All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs). He is currently: Vice-Chair of the APPG on Heart Disease (working closely with the British Heart Foundation); Vice-Chair of the APPG for Brass Bands; Vice-Chair of Labour Friends of Israel; a member of the Executive Committee of the British-American Parliamentary Group; and a 'Parliamentary Champion' for the Save the Children charity.

Locally, Michael is patron of the Barnsley Independent Alzheimer's and Dementia Support (BIADS) group, the Wombwell Operatic Society, Worsbrough Brass, Elsecar Heritage Railway, and People's Sport in Barnsley. He is also a member of the Barnsley Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and a proud member of the Royal British Legion (Hoyland and District Branch).

Michael frequently writes for the Yorkshire Post and the Barnsley Chronicle, as well as for a variety of Labour journals and blogs, including: TribuneLabour UncutLabour List; Fabian Review; and Progress. He has also written for the Daily TelegraphThe Guardian, the Huffington Post, PoliticsHome and Total Politics magazine. He is also an occasional guest presenter on We Are Barnsley Radio.

His interests include history, music, films and sport. He is married to Joanna and they have two young daughters and a son. When not in Westminster to sit in the House of Commons, Michael and his family live in Birdwell in Barnsley.


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