Born and raised in the East End of London, Michael had a highly successful career as an actor, singer, writer and director. Elected member of the Labour Party National Executive for 12 years, serving as Vice Chair and Chair. Served as a Member of the European Parliament, 1999- 2014, Co-President of the LGBT Intergroup, Vice President of the Petitions Committee, President of South African Delegation, and Chair of Delegation Chairs. Co-founder and founding Chair of the Stonewall Group. Labour Party’s LGBT Global Envoy 2014-16.
After more than 45 years of continuous membership Lord Cashman publicly resigned from the Labour party on the 22 May 2019 on the eve of the European elections. He sits as an independent member of the House of Lords.
Awards include: Special service Award from the American Association of Physicians for Human Rights, Honorary Doctorate from Staffordshire University: Commander of British Empire (CBE). Lifetime Achievement Award, European Diversity Awards, Pink News Awards 2014, Stonewall Politician of the Year 2014, Honorary Freedom of the City of London 2016, Honorary Life Membership from British Equity 2017.
In 2014 Cashman was raised to the Peerage, taking the title Baron Cashman of Limehouse. Paul died four days before his entry into the House, but he remains his inspiration and his love.