Michael Dugher has been the Member of Parliament for Barnsley East since 2010. Prior to his election, he worked at 10 Downing Street as the Chief Political Spokesman for Prime Minister Gordon Brown. A party insider, he also worked as an advisor to the Department of Transport, Local Government and Regional Affairs and Ministry of Defence; as well as to the Leader of the House of Commons and the Government Chief Whip. Michael was formerly the Head of Policy of the trade union, AEEU. He has also been a lobbyist for EDS.
Michael was appointed a Shadow Minister of Defence before becoming the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition. In 2011 he was promoted to Ed Miliband’s Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Minister without Portfolio.