Michael Winstanley is 41 years old and lives in Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan. He is currently employed in the NHS working for St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust as a Senior Development Analyst.
Michael enjoys reading and is a member of the Campaign for Real Ale. he is also a Season Ticket Holder with Wigan Warriors enjoys most sports and is a keen supporter of the Horse Racing Industry. He is also a member of the Mayor of Wigan’s Charity Committee. Michael is also a school Governor at two schools Orrell Holgate, where he is the current Vice Chair of the Governing Body and Orrell Newfold.
Michael was elected onto Wigan Council in 2000 winning a Ward that the Conservatives had not held for over 16 years. At the time Michael was the only Conservative Councillor on Wigan Council out of 72 Councillors. In his time on the Council Michael led the Conservative Group from 2000-2010. He also chaired the Audit, Governance and Improvement Review Committee for 4 years. In 2010 Michael became Mayor of Wigan the youngest in its History and only the second Conservative since 1974. Michael left the Council in 2011.
Michael served as a Board Member on Wigan and Leigh Homes Board, the Arms length Management Company that manages Council Housing stock in Wigan. He also has also served on two Public Bodies that serve Greater Manchester. Michael served on the Greater Manchester Fire Authority on two separate occasions. In 2009 he was also appointed to the Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority. In 2010-2011 he served as the Vice Chair of the Capital Projects Committee.
Michael has served the Party at every level from Branch to Area level since joining in 1988. Michael is currently the Chairman of the Wigan Conservatives Federation, which covers Wigan, Makerfield and Leigh. Last year he was elected as an Area Officer for Greater Manchester.
Michael has contested the last four General Elections. 1997 Makerfield, 2001 Bolton North East, 2005 Blackpool South and 2010 Wigan.
In July 2010 was selected to be the Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate for Greater Manchester, and he came a clear second in the election.