Gaudium et Spes Lecture 2018 - Is It Possible to Have Political Christian Action? by Rt. Hon Mike Kane MP, Member of the House of Commons, Shadow Minister for Education at the Old Refectory, The Archbishop's Curia, Floriana on Friday 20th April at 1900hrs

  • MIKE KANE is a member of the British Labour Party and is a Member of Parliament.  He is the son of Irish Catholic immigrants who migrated to Manchester in 1955.  He attended St Paul's RC High School in Newall Green before studying at Loreto College, Hulme, Manchester.  He graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BA in Social Sciences in 1997 and a PGCE in 1999.  Before working in politics, Mr Kane was a primary school teacher, at Springfield Primary School, Sale.

    In 1991 he was elected to Manchester City Council and was re-elected in 1995, 1999 and 2003, and then topped the poll in 2004.  He was appointed Executive Member for Arts and Leisure in 2007.  Mr Kane worked as a parliamentary assistant to James Purnell and Jonathan Reynolds.

    In 2013 Kane became the acting Chief Executive of Movement for Change, an organisation set up by David Miliband to run local political campaigns and train organisers.  On 24 January 2014, he was the Labour candidate for the Wythenshawe and Sale East for the by-election and subsequently elected Member of Parliament.  In October 2016, Jeremy Corbyn called him to the front bench and appointed him Shadow Minister for Education with responsibilty for Schools.

    Together with eight other Catholic Labour MPs he launched 'Catholics for Labour', and signed a letter outlining the group's raison d'etre:  "Catholics for Labour has lofty ambitions.  We are not standing still or merely making observations on the world around us.  Our hearts and minds are firmly focused on social justice and guided by the teaching of the Catholic faith we will work together to actively shape that world and prepare members for a life in public service ...  In forming this new group, our core theme is participation and getting Catholics to participate in the public sphere".