Mike was elected as MP for Finchley and Golders Green in 2010 and again in 2015. He has lived in Finchley for over 25 years, and he previously served as a local councillor and Leader of Barnet Council. Before going into politics he held several positions within the banking and finance sectors. This has included working for major high street banks in their estate agency; retail; wealth and corporate divisions. In addition Mike has experience of running his own financial service business. Prior to banking and financial services Mike worked in retail catering and retail gaming. Mike is a keen cyclist and a general keep fit enthusiast who also enjoys travelling and reading. He is a member of Friends of Windsor Open Space, Conservative Friends of Israel, Conservative Friends of Cyprus and Conservative Friends of India. He led Barnet Council until December 2009, implementing radical changes and widely gained respect as someone who 'gets things done' with a keen eye for improving service and value for money in our public services.
Campaigning in Finchley & Golders Green Mike has continued his campaign for Finchley Memorial Hospital to be rebuilt after being elected to Parliament, and is now pushing for permanent digital breast screening to be made available on the site. Mike has been successful in securing £8.3m from Mayor Boris Johnson for the upgrade of Henlys Corner, the notorious junction where the A1 meets the North Circular. Since his election Mike has worked on delivering new school places for local parents. The new free schools – Archer Academy, Rimon and Alma Schools have boosted places and parental choice in the constituency. In Parliament Mike has been successful in campaigning for residential squatting to be made a criminal offence, highlighting the opportunities to reduce the cost of Government and ensuring the constituencies many faith communities in Finchley and Golders Green have a voice. Mike is Chairman of London Conservative MPs and Chairman of the Party’s LGBT Advisory Board. In Autumn 2013 Mike was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Rt Hon Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Also in 2013 Mike won the Parliamentary Speech of the Year award from both Pink News and The Spectator magazine.