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date: 13 April 2021

Cashman free

Baron cr 2014 (Life Peer), of Limehouse in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets (Michael Maurice Cashman)

CBE 2013

Born 17 Dec. 1950; s of John Cashman and Mary Cashman (née Clayton); civil partnership 2006, Paul Cottingham (d 2014)

Member (Lab) West Midlands Region, European Parliament, 1999–2014

Education

St Mary’s and St Joseph’s Primary Sch.; Cardinal Griffin Secondary Modern Sch., London; Gladys Dare’s Sch., Surrey; Borlands Tutorial, London

Career

Actor, director and playwright, 1963–99; work includes: actor: stage: Oliver, Albery, 1963; Bent, RNT, 1990, transf. Garrick; Noises Off, Mobil Touring Theatre, nat. tour, 1995; Merchant of Venice, and Gypsy, W Yorks Playhouse, 1996; The Tempest, internat. tour, 1997; television: Eastenders, 1986–89; director: Kiss of the Spiderwoman, New Victoria Th., Newcastle-under-Lyme, 1998; playwright: Before your very Eyes; Bricks ’n’ Mortar. Mem. Council and Hon. Treas., Equity, 1994–98; Mem., Labour Party NEC, 1998–2000 and 2001–12 (Chair, 2011–12). Labour Party Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Global Envoy, 2014–16; resigned Labour Party, 2019. Founding Chm., Stonewall Gp, 1988–96. Patron: Terrence Higgins Trust; Omnibus Th., Clapham; FFLAG; IPAT; Peter Tatchell Foundn; Above the Stag Th., Vauxhall; Trustee, Actors Centre until 2019; Founder and Trustee, Paul Cottingham Trust. FRSA 1996. Hon. Dr Staffordshire, 2007. Special Service Award, Amer. Assoc. Physicians for Human Rights and Gay Med. Assoc., 1988; MEP of the Year Award, Justice and Human Rights, 2007, Culture and Educn, 2012, The House Mag.; Lifetime Achievement Award, European Diversity Awards, 2012; Outstanding Achievement Award, PinkNews, 2014; Stonewall Politician of Year, 2014

Publications

One of Them (memoir), 2020

Recreations

travel, writing, photography, theatre

Address

House of Lords SW1A 0PW