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As a long-time local resident I know the North West is a great place to live and work. On this website you will find information about my work in the region and in the European Parliament. 

As your local MEP I can help you and your family with European legislation, problems encountered on holiday in Europe, difficulties for businesses in complying with European regulations, or problems experienced when living or working in another EU country. 

My staff and I are always willing to help with any issues you may have. If you require assistance please do get in touch

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Campaigning in Stoke

On Sunday I joined hundreds of Labour activists from across the country to campaign for Gareth Snell, our candidate for Stoke on Trent Central.  It's a tough fight against UKIP and if you can spare an hour please go and help if you can.  You can sign up here - ... Read more

Meeting with Unison about CETA

On 3rd February I met with Unison members to discuss their concerns regarding the CETA - The comprehensive economic and trade agreement.  In the meeting they raised their concerns about the treat CETA poses to public services with the risk that it is open to market liberalisation unless a specific... Read more

Campaigning in Copeland

On Monday I visited Copeland constituency to campaign for our excellent Labour candidate Gillian Troughton.  Out on the doorsteps local residents were angry about the proposed cuts to the A&E and maternity wing, along with the lack of support from the Government. This will be a close by-election and I urge... Read more

Out in Manchester Gorton

Over the weekend I joined activists from across Manchester to campaign in Manchester Gorton constituency for Labour's Mayoral candidate Andy Burnham MP. It was heartening to see over 50 activists come and campaign on a very wet and cold Saturday morning. The response on the door step was great for Andy... Read more

Brexit event in Whalley Range

On Friday I invited party members to come and discuss how Labour should approach Brexit and what the challenges are for the UK.  We had a fantastic turnout with over 50 members attending along with guest speaker Andy Burnham MP, Labour's Greater Manchester Mayoral candidate. During the evening members spoke about... Read more

Mayoral candidate Andy Burnham MP comes to Manchester Gorton

Last Friday Labour's mayoral candidate Andy Burnham MP attended a rally in Manchester Gorton constituency to set out his vision for Greater Manchester.  Andy spoke about his vision for Greater Manchester and asked everyone to take part in his manifesto so we ensure the values of people here - fairness, decency... Read more

Campaigning for the NHS

On Saturday I joined thousands of people across the country to campaign for the NHS. I joined a team of activists in Northenden Ward with Mike Kane MP, local councillors and members from across Wythenshawe and Sale. The support for the NHS was overwhelming, many of whom also expressed their... Read more

Speaking at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

This morning as part of my Brexit discussion tour I spoke at the Speaking at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.  Over the next few months I will be holding various events to hear what priorities North West residents want from the Brexit negations.  At the Chamber I had a wide ranging... Read more

National Postal Workers Day

Monday, December 12th marks the celebration of National Postal Workers Day.I am proud to support the #PeoplesPost campaign and highlight the vital role played in communities across the UK by Postmen and Women who collect, sort and deliver the People's Post - the universal service obligation that guarantees deliveries to... Read more

Neighbourhood food collection

I was delighted to support the neighbourhood food collection for the Trussell trust and FareShare this year at the Gorton Tesco in Manchester. I've supported this initiative at Tesco's since it started in 2012 and they do excellent work helping those most vulnerable in our communities, especially during this time of... Read more

Proud to receive an award at the Pakistan Achievement Awards ceremony

I had a wonderful evening at the Pakistani Achievement Awards in London on Saturday.   I was truly honoured to receive an award for my work with the Pakistani community to promote equality, diversity and integration.  A fantastic evening with some special friends and great to see one of our the... Read more

National Policy Forum

Last weekend I attended the Nation Policy Forum in Loughborough as your MEP representative and chaired a breakout session on domestic and global security challenges. The purpose of the NPF weekend was to discuss initial priorities for a set of policy commission documents to be published in the spring of... Read more

Autumn Statement – The so called long term economic plan has failed.

Yesterday in his Autumn Statement the new Chancellor Philip Hammond laid bare the scale of the Tories failure on the economy. After six year of brutal cuts to our public services and support some of the most vulnerable in society – the disabled and those unable to work – the... Read more

Islamophobia Conference

I hosted a conference on Islamophobia - along with my friend and colleague Antonio Panzeri MEP.There were some fascinating presentations and questions on a wide range of subjects; from how to tackle extremism, to the consistency of values in Europe regarding headscarves. Growing Islamophobia in Europe plays into the hands... Read more

Regional Conference 2016

  On the 5th and 6th November I joined over 700 members from across the North West at a annual regional conference in Blackpool.  It was a fantastic weekend with a range of speeches from Shadow Cabinet members and North West MPs. Over the two days I spoke at various events... Read more

Honoured with surprise award for 10 years service to the Muslim Jewish forum

Last week I was honoured to receive a surprise award for more than ten years service to the Muslim Jewish Forum - which I co-founded in 2005. The forum exists to develop greater understanding and co-operation between the Muslim and Jewish faiths and runs a series of events and visits throughout... Read more

Kashmir Training Day

Since I was elected as an MEP a lot of people have contacted about the plight of the Kashmiri people and how they can get involved in helping them. In response to this last Sunday I held a special training session in Manchester to explore how the cause of the... Read more

Welcoming Jeremy Corbyn to the European Parliament

Labour's leader Jeremy Corbyn visited the European Parliament to meet with European leaders and the EPLP. We discussed with him the current political situation and how Labour should respond to the Government's plans for Brexit negotiations.It was also the first time that MEPs had the chance to congratulate Jeremy on... Read more

Olympic Heroes Parade

It was fantastic to see Manchester give our Olympic and Paralympic heroes such a warm welcome at the Olympic Parade on October 17th. There was a huge turnout despite the rain and I know from talking to many of the athletes how grateful they were for the support they received.It was... Read more

NW Young Labour Conference 2016

I was delighted to address a packed North West Young Labour conference two weeks ago.It's always a pleasure to attend Young Labour events and meet young members, some of whom are our most active campaigners.As part of the conference I hosted a policy forum on Post-Brexit Britain 'How do we reconnect... Read more

Paris Climate Change Conference

 This week the EU voted to ratify the Climate Change agreement reached at the UN summit in Paris last December. This was a crucial vote because it means the number of countries committed to the deal now represents more than 55% of global emissions. This threshold needed to be passed... Read more

Save Bury walk in centre

I joined Ivan Lewis MP, Leader of Bury Council Cllr Rishi Shori, and a delegation of local councillors and party members to campaign against the proposed closure of Bury & Prestwich Walk in Centres.I joined Ivan Lewis MP, Leader of Bury Council Cllr Rishi Shori, and a delegation of local... Read more

BBC Inside Out

I was joined by BBC presenter Jacey Normand for Inside Out North West to discuss my role as an MEP in the North West and to talk about what an MEP's role is now that we have voted to leave the EU.  While the future of our relationship with Europe... Read more

Helping the homeless

I joined volunteers and walked 5.5 miles round Manchester handing out food, clothes and sleeping bags to the homeless.It’s heart breaking to see people huddled in shop doorways and sleeping on the freezing cold street in 21st century Britain – at a time when we are one of the richest... Read more

Manchester Pride

On Saturday I joined, Angela Rayner MP, GM Mayor Tony Lloyd and LGBT Labour for Manchester’s Pride march. As always Pride was a wonderful celebration of Manchester’s diversity and a great weekend.It was brilliant to see such a huge turnout and was great to have the parade led by Cllr... Read more

125 years of USDAW

This week I welcomed the USDAW bus when it arrived in Manchester to celebrations of 125 years of USDAW.USDAW do fantastic work to improve the working conditions of people across the UK and I’m proud to have been supported by them during my selection as a MEP. And since being... Read more

Labour MEPs: Bosnia’s progress towards EU membership will make Europe safer and the people more prosperous

Labour MEPs have voted for a report outlining Bosnia’s progress towards EU accession. It says Bosnia and Herzegovina has made important steps towards fulfilling the EU’s membership application criteria, resulting in the submission of a formal application in February this year. Meaningful progress in the implementation of the reform agenda,... Read more

Statement on delays to compensation for NW flood victims

It’s disgraceful that minister’s incompetence has delayed EU compensation for North West flood victims – Afzal Khan Afzal Khan, Labour MEP for the North West of England, responding to reports that aid for North West flood victims from the EU Solidarity Fund has been delayed because of government incompetence, said: “It’s disgraceful... Read more

MEP calls for EU help after rough sleeping in Greater Manchester increases 227% since 2010

David Cameron’s decision to reject EU funds to tackle homelessness has been a disaster, a local MEP has said. In a letter to the Prime Minister following new figures showing that rough sleeping in Greater Manchester has risen by 227% since 2010, North West MEP, Afzal Khan urged the Prime... Read more

Complaint to IPSO regarding The Times

Today I have written to the Independent Press Standards Organisation regarding an article which appeared in The Times on February 20th.Sir Alan Moses, Independent Press Standards OrganisationGate House1 Farringdon StreetLondon EC4M 7LG 22nd February 2016 Dear Sir Alan, I write to you to formally make a complaint regarding the article titled “Imam beaten... Read more

S&Ds warmly welcome Bosnia and Herzegovina’s application for EU membership

After lagging behind most other countries of the Western Balkan region, Bosnia and Herzegovina today presented a formal application to join the EU. As a staunch supporter of the EU enlargement policy, the S&D group welcomes this development calling on the authorities of the country to step up the reform... Read more

Afzal Khan appointed S&D Group President’s special representative to Muslim communities

Labour MEP Afzal Khan was today appointed the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) Group President’s  special representative to Muslim communities, a position that will involve community outreach, policy development and working with national governments across the European Union.The role will involve Mr Khan being a leading pro-EU voice to Muslim communities;... Read more

Govt must apply now for EU funding for North West flood victims

Labour MEP: Govt must apply now for EU funding for North West flood victims before deadline runs out Labour MEP Afzal Khan today warned the government not to waste any more time and apply now for EU funding to help North West communities hit by the recent floods.Britain is entitled... Read more

MEP backs rights for local posties on National Postal Workers Day

A local MEP has called on the public to support a campaign to protect the working conditions of postal workers following the privatisation of Royal Mail.  Monday, December 14th marks the celebration of National Postal Workers Day – a day to recognise the hard work that post men and women... Read more

Labour MEPs: Government must apply now for EU funding to help North-West communities hit by floods

North-West Labour MEPs Theresa Griffin, Afzal Khan and Julie Ward today called on the government to apply immediately for European Union Solidarity Funding to help communities hit by flooding.Julie Ward MEP said: “I have been receiving regular detailed updates from my office in Cumbria about how communities are pulling together... Read more

Rise in Greater Manchester hate crimes

Commenting on figures showing that hate crimes in Greater Manchester have increased by 96% in the past year, North West MEP, Afzal Khan said: “These attacks play into the hands of the extremists. Their agenda is about division and getting into the heads of young Muslims that they are not... Read more

In parliament

It’s during plenary sessions that committees and political groups present the results of their work. It is also where the MEPs, the only EU representatives directly elected by citizens of the 28 Member States, participate in decision making. There are 12 plenary sessions per year held in Strasbourg and each session lasts... Read more

TUC ‘No to Austerity’ march

On Sunday 4th October I joined over 60,000 Trade Unionists and supporters to march through the streets of Manchester to say no to austerity and yes to workers’ rights.The atmosphere was exhilarating with thousands of people carrying placards and banners, peacefully showing their opposition to this Tory Government and their cuts... Read more

Refugee crisis is test for Balkan stability

Labour MEP Afzal Khan has completed a three day visit to Serbia and Kosovo, as part of an official Delegation of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee (AFET).He has met with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić, as well as Kosovo President Afitete Jahjaga. Meetings were also held with Ministers in charge... Read more

Pakistan Parade 2015

It was great to attend this year’s Pakistan Parade as hundreds of people, dressed in green to commemorate the Pakistani flag, walked through Manchester’s Asian hub, the curry mile.With lively entertainment, music and singing, the Parade was a joyous way to mark Pakistan’s Independence as well as the culture and achievements of... Read more

Cheadle & Hazel Grove Fundraiser

Afzal Khan MEP with Cheadle CLP Chair, Yvonne Guariento (right) and Kath Priestly   I was delighted to be invited by Cheadle and Hazel Grove CLPs to speak at their fundraiser on Friday 18th September.  The evening was both entertaining and informative as we enjoyed a quizz, a raffle and... Read more

Supporting Amir Khan’s Foundation With Aid For Syrian refugees

I was honoured to support Amir Khan’s Foundation and others who came together to organise an aid relief convoy to the Greece border for Syrian refugees. I visited one of their aid drop off locations with Muhammad Abubaker Sarwar at the Polish and Glow in Manchester to help load trucks... Read more

Deputy Leadership Candidate Tom Watson MP joins Afzal for Q&A

I was a huge pleasure to welcome Deputy Leadership candidate, Tom Watson MP, to the Irish World Heritage Centre to meet North West members and supporters. It was a fantastic event with attendees travelling from right across the North West to meet with Tom and listen to his views.We had... Read more

Muslim Jewish Forum’s 10th anniversary celebrations

On Sunday I attended the Muslim Jewish Forum’s ‘Asian Meal Out’ to continue it’s 10th anniversary celebrations in Manchester.After co-founding the Muslim Jewish Forum with the late Henry Guterman MBE, it’s fantastic to see the forum continue to flourish with hundreds of people involved with its excellent work towards community... Read more

Great to welcome Alan Johnson MP

It was great to welcome Alan Johnson MP, who is to lead the EU Referendum Yes Campaign for the Labour Party, to the European Parliament recently. Alan addressed Labour MEPs, speaking about his role leading the Labour Yes campaign and how we can highlight the benefits of staying in Europe... Read more

Regional and Trade Union Visit to EP

After a gruelling general election campaign, I felt it was important to recognise and thank our campaign organisers and trade union activists who worked so hard throughout the last two years. As such, I was honoured to host a 30 strong group of campaign co-ordinators and trade union representatives from... Read more

Commemorating Hiroshima & Nagasaki With NFLA

It’s been 70 years since the the US dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during WWII.  The attack killed at least 140,000 people in Hiroshima alone and remains the only incident of nuclear warfare in the history of man.As a Vice President of Mayors for Peace,... Read more

Manchester Town Hall Silence for Kuwait & Tunisia Terror Victims

On Friday 3rd July, a public midday silence was held at Manchester Town Hall to commemorate the victims of the terror attacks perpetrated in Tunisia and Kuwait on 26th and 27th June respectively.  The Lord Mayor, Paul Murphy OBE, Sir Richard Leese, Leader of the Council and a number of Councillors... Read more

Twin Cities: Past & Present

Afzal Khan MEP with Cllr Derek Antrobus, John Garrard (Salford University & MMU) and Alan Kidd (MMU) On Saturday 27th June, I spoke at the Twin Cities in Past and Present conference organised by the Manchester Centre for Regional History at the Manchester Metropolitan University.  The purpose of the conference... Read more

USDAW Federation School: Equality

Afzal Khan MEP with Terry Adair (USDAW NW) and Kate Green MP   On 6th -7th June, USDAW trade union held their Federation school on the issue of Equality in Warrington. Terry Adair, USDAW federation secretary, introduced myself and Kate Green MP as guest speakers to the the 40 strong delegation.I spoke about... Read more

Multifaith Iftar 2015

Afzal Khan MEP with Bishop David Walker and Revd Falak Sher With the month of Ramadan falling in June this year, Muslims across the world are fasting 17+ hours a day as they go without food from dawn until dusk.  Although this may sound tiring, Ramadan is also a time... Read more

FEPS Conference: Islam In Europe

Afzal Khan MEP with FEPS team and EU Foreign High-Rep, Federica Mogherini (centre) On 24th-25th June, 2015 the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) hosted their annual conference in the European Parliament on the theme of ‘Islam in Europe.’The conference was particularly interesting as it featured a variety of speakers,... Read more

Progressive Solutions to Countering Violent Extremism

The S&D Group organised an event last week, 21st April 2015, entitled ‘Progressive Solutions to Countering Violent Extremism’ It was held in light of the recent terrorist attacks across Europe and amidst a climate of debate and discussion the issue currently in the European Parliament.The aim of the event was... Read more

S&D Leader Spends the Summer in Manchester

My dear friend and colleage, Gianni Pittella MEP, President of the Socialist and Democrats Group in the European Parliament, spent his time here in Manchester this summer to learn English.  As an Italian MEP, he is keen pick up the language and was just as keen to learn more of this... Read more

Delegation to Saudi Arabia, 14th-16th February 2015

The delegation visit to Saudi Arabia took place at an interesting time.  The country had just recently inherited a new king after the death of the late King Abdullah bin AbdulAziz and had witnessed a smooth transition onto his half-brother, the now King Salman of Saudi Arabia.As the world showed their... Read more

Young Labour Visit To European Parliament

On 24th February 2015,  I had the honour of hosting a rather lively bunch of young labour activists during a visit to European Parliament that my office had organised.  They hailed from across Greater Manchester and were quite a diverse group numbering 22 altogether.  They hailed from across Greater Manchester and were... Read more

Conference: The Welfare State and Long Term Care in Europe

I recently spoke at a conference held in the European Parliament addressing the challenges of long term care in Europe.The event was organised by Mr Pier Antonio Panzeri, S&D MEP from Italy and featured a number of experts and MEPs of different countries debating about the issue.  You can find the programme of the event here.... Read more

European Parliamentary Labour Party

Afzal Khan MEP with EPLP Leader, Glenis Willmott (blue), S&D Leader, Gianni Pittella and other key Labour MEPs. The EPLP brings together Britain’s 20 Labour MEPs as Labour’s voice in Europe. From responding to the eurozone crisis to working for a fairer society, from fighting crime, to tackling climate change... Read more

Multifaith & Youth Visit

My first visiting group was an impressively diverse one, numbering 26 people in total.  It consisted of multifaith leaders representing the five major religious groups in the North West, namely, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism and Hinduism.Part of the group was the Bishop of Middleton, Bishop Mark Davies, Mr Dermot Murphy... Read more

Socialists & Democrats Group

Gianni Pitella is the Leader of the S&D Group The Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament There are 8 political groups in the European Parliament that are formed cross-nationally along ideological lines. S&D is one of the largest Parliamentary Groups in European Parliament and Labour Party... Read more


Intergroups are non-Parliamentary groups that are set up to hold informal exchanges on particular issues of concern with a view to bring about change and developement. They can be formed by Members from any political group and any committee, and normally promote contact between Members and civil society.The Intergroups I... Read more

European Depression Day 2014

Depression is one of the most frequent, severe and disabling disorders in the EU and more than 30 million people suffer from depression in Europe alone.European Depression Day 2014 was launched in the European Parliament on 1st October to highlight how depression affects family life and featured a call to action... Read more

Muslim-Jewish Conference: ‘We Refuse to be Enemies’

The Israeli attacks on Gaza over the Summer took a real toll on inter-community relations here in Europe.  In response, the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding and I organised a joint conference with European Muslim and Jewish leaders denouncing anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.The core message ‘We Refuse to be Enemies’ was used... Read more


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