Michael was elected to the Scottish Parliament as an MSP for the North East Scotland Region on May 6th 2021.
Born and raised in Dundee. He is 41 years old, is married to Melanie and they have three children. He joined the Labour Party as a teenager and has been a committed activist ever since.
Michael was educated at St John’s High School, the University of Glasgow and the London School of Economics.
Elected as a Councillor in 2017, Michael is proud to represent the Lochee Ward on Dundee City Council as well as being an MSP for North East Scotland. In his time as a Councillor Michael has worked hard to hold the SNP to account for their dreadful stewardship of our public services – especially education. He has the highest media profile of any elected politician in the region.
Prior to his election as an MSP Michael worked full time at the University of Dundee where, for the last ten years, he has led major national and international research projects. He specialised in working with companies to create jobs. In 2020 alone he secured £15m of investment to create jobs in Dundee and Angus.
Michael coaches a local youth football team, has taken up running during lockdown and is longing to get back to Tannadice when current restrictions are lifted.
In March 2021 Michael was appointed as Scottish Labour's Spokesperson for Education and Skills