Afzal is the Labour MP for Manchester Gorton. Afzal was elected at the General Election on the 8th 2017 and was the first person from a BME background to represent a Manchester constituency.
Prior to being elected as a MP Afzal was a North West MEP. Born in Pakistan he moved to the UK when he was adopted out of poverty as a child. He worked as a labourer in a cotton mill, a bus driver and a Greater Manchester Police Officer, before qualifying as a solicitor and becoming a partner at his own firm.
In 2000 he was elected to Manchester City Council rising to become the first Asian Lord Mayor of the city and a member of the Council's Executive.
Afzal has a long history of campaigning against racism and is a founding member of Hope not Hate and Unite Against Fascism. In 2008 he was awarded a CBE for his work on community cohesion, inter-faith and local government.