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About Michael

Michael Dugher was elected to serve as the Member of Parliament for the Barnsley East constituency in 2010 and was re-elected in the 2015 General Election.

Michael was previously Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Before that, he was Shadow Transport Secretary and Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, having previously attended Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Minister without Portfolio and Vice-Chair of the Labour Party.

Prior to joining the Shadow Cabinet, 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.

As an MP during the last Parliament, Michael joined several All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs). He has been: 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, People's Sport in Barnsley, The Oaks 150 Colliery Memorial, Worsbrough Bridge FC and Hallam FM's Cash for Kids. 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 has had regular columns in both the South Yorkshire Times and the Barnsley Independent, and he frequently writes for a variety of Labour journals and blogs, including: TribuneLabour UncutLabour ListFabian Review; and Progress. He has also written for the Daily TelegraphThe Guardian, the Huffington Post, the New Statesman, the Yorkshire PostPoliticsHomeTotal Politics magazine and the Barnsley Chronicle. 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, Michael and his family live in Birdwell in Barnsley.


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