Michael is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism and was appointed to the role in January 2018.
He was Deputy Leader of the House of Commons from 17 July 2016 to 8 January 2018 and he was elected Conservative MP for Northampton North in May 2010.
Michael has supported and worked closely with several charities over the years. Following his work with The Prince’s Trust in a number of fields since his election to Parliament Michael was made The Prince’s Trust’s “MP of the Month” in July 2012.
Michael was also involved with charities connected with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 such as the Big Jubilee Lunch, the Woodland Trust’s Jubilee Woods Project, (where he organised the planting of a tree in honour of the Queen at Big Ben), and the Jubilee Hour for which Michael hosted a celebratory event at Parliament at the end of their national charity drive.
At Parliament, Michael was Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. He proposed the gift from both Houses of Parliament of a stained glass window for Her Majesty The Queen. He personally raised nearly £100,000 from Parliamentarians from across the political spectrum towards this project and he ensured no public funds needed to be spent on it. Michael later commissioned the window depicting Her Majesty’s Arms to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Expertly crafted by age-old traditional methods by one of the few remaining family businesses of its type in England, the window has been on display since the Queen unveiled it in March 2012 and it was installed in the North Window of Westminster Hall in the summer of 2013. The Queen visited Parliament to see it in place in December 2013.
Michael graduated from University with a Bachelor of Law degree, obtaining a First Class in British Constitutional Law and winning the Regional Government Award for the highest scoring in that subject.
Michael was subsequently Called to the Bar at the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in 1993 and was thereafter a practising Barrister in the criminal law field for 17 years in the Northampton area. He acted in some high-profile criminal cases over the years, both for the prosecution and defence. Almost all of his defence representation was for clients on Legal Aid who were unable to afford private legal representation. Michael ceased legal practice when he was elected to Parliament in May 2010.