Michael lives in Cumbria with his wife and children. He works in education and has taught various subjects and ages since joining the profession in 2010. Michael writes and speaks on a wide range of topics and was a contributor to the Blue Labour book of essays, which sought to reclaim an authentic conservative legacy within the Labour Party. He was also involved with research and writing for its close kin, Red Tory. Michael believes in a politics of place and community, and believes the SDP is now best placed to advance these concerns.