– Redditch Borough Councillor for Church Hill
– Worcestershire County Councillor for Redditch South
Mike was born in Coventry, West Midlands, in 1983 and raised on the Canley estate, which had suffered from the collapse of industry in the city and had high levels of unemployment. The estate has been the topic of a number of papers, including one published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation by Professor Harris Beider on white working-class views of neighbourhood, cohesion and change.
Mike’s mother worked in the 1980s for a Labour MP and a range of other jobs in the 1990s before falling ill with Lupus and other conditions, meaning Mike and his siblings became young carers.
Mike’s father was a lorry driver and worked for Pickford’s in the 1980s/1990. He died of lung cancer in 2004.
Mike first got involved with Conservative politics in 2001 whilst living in Coventry and continued his involvement after moving to Redditch in 2011.
Mike was elected to Redditch Borough Council in May 2018, with the smallest majority possible – just one vote.
“As a campaign manager for years, I kept telling people we need to knock every door because we only need one vote to win – little did I know it would be me who gets to live out that expression in real life!”
The day of the count was a tense occasion with all eyes on the Church Hill re-count. It wasn’t until the last pile of ballots that a stray vote was found and re-assigned.
Mike has since been extremely grateful to whoever that one single voter was, saying:
“Your vote truly made a difference – just one vote swung the outcome of the election in Church Hill, taking a political career from one and giving it to another. There are few moments in politics when the reality of ‘every vote counts’ truly hits home, but it did that day.”
Mike was elected to Worcestershire County Council in the shared Division of Redditch South along with Craig Warhurst. This time Mike was elected with a majority of 1,895 votes ahead of the nearest opposition party competitor.