Michael Barker is a support worker at a school where he also acts as a Unison rep, and is an Assistant Secretary to the Leicester and District Trades Union Council.

In 2015 he stood as the parliamentary candidate for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) where he challenged Labour incumbent Keith Vaz. In his spare time Michael writes about local and international issues for a variety of publications. He is a member of http://socialistalternative.net

Michael is the author of six books: The Occult Elite: Anti-Communist Paranoia and Other Ruling-Class Delusions (2022); The Givers That Take (2021); Lockdown Leicester: Notes From a Pandemic (2020); Under the Mask of Philanthropy (2017); Fighting For Our Future: Ongoing Struggles Against Big Business and New Labour (2016); and Letters to Mercury: The Socialist Fightback in Leicester (2015). He is also the author of two pamphlets, Why Socialists Oppose the EU (2018) and How and Why Labour Councils Should Fight All Cuts Now (2019).

Michael writes in a personal capacity. He can be contacted at mbarker at riseup.net