Michael Taylor Works in external affairs at Manchester Metropolitan University. Suffers an excess of civic pride. Arte et Labore.

Michael Taylor connects people and business. As External Affairs Advisor at Manchester Metropolitan University he works alongside the Vice-Chancellor Malcolm Press and the Chancellor Lord Mandelson on initiatives to make the University the best connected in the country. He does this through high level business engagement and projects around Greater Manchester Devolution and Northern Powerhouse, including a research-led think tank, MetroPolis. Michael is also a non-executive director of New Charter Housing Trust and Liberty Pensions. He was previously an award winning business journalist and editor, he co-founded the Discuss debate forum in 2012 and led a number of projects looking at the future of business and work. He was a parliamentary candidate in the 2015 General Election, which he has written about in a book called Labour’s Identity Crisis – England and the Politics of Patriotism, edited by Tristram Hunt. His debut novel '40 by 40 was a finalist in the 2014 Pulp Idol prize. He also curated Northern Monkeys, a history of northern working class fashion.