MIKE Kane, the new MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East, has been sworn in at Westminster.
The 45-year-old former teacher was welcomed to the Houses of Parliament by Labour leader Ed Miliband on Monday.
Mr Kane said: “He said what a good election result it was in the by-election. It’s Labour’s best ever vote in Wythenshawe and Sale East in terms of percentages and he said he was looking forward to working with me in the future as the MP.”
He has asked his first question in Parliament - to the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt.
Mr Kane said: “I asked whether he would meet me about the pressures at Wythenshawe Hospital after the downgrading of the A&E at Trafford General and he’s agreed to do that.”
He was elected to the Wythenshawe and Sale East seat on February 13 after the death of his friend, Paul Goggins, who had served the constituency since 1997. Mr Goggins died on January 7 at the age of 60 and Mr Kane had nothing but praise for his popular predessor.
He said: “They will be very big shoes to fill - he was an extraordinarily dedicated public servant and it’s just terribly unfortunate the circumstances we found ourselves in. He was a friend of mine for nearly 18 years. He regularly came round to my house and we did a lot of campaigning together, so it’s a big personal loss aswell.”
Trafford’s newest MP was born in Brooklands and lives in Northenden. He’s married to Sandra and was a teacher at Springfield Primary School in Sale for nearly nine years.