Michael became CEO of UK Music in May 2017 after stepping down as a UK Member of Parliament for Barnsley East after seven years. During his time at Westminster he held several senior positions including Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.
Before being becoming an MP, Michael worked in a variety of Whitehall roles including at No. 10 Downing Street as the Prime Minister’s chief political spokesman.
A self-taught musician, Michael still gigs occasionally, including recent performances at Liverpool’s Cavern Club, the Ageas Bowl and on TV alongside members of Dodgy and Maximo Park on Matt Forde's Unspun show.
Michael helped establish a metropolitan festival as Patron of the award-nominated Live In Barnsley. He has also been patron of Worsbrough Brass, one of Yorkshire's top brass bands.