During my election campaign I promised to always put Manchester Gorton first and now I have been elected, that is exactly what I will be doing in Parliament. Afzal Khan
Afzal Khan was elected as the Labour MP for Manchester Gorton in 2017. He is the first person from a BME background to represent a Manchester constituency in Parliament. In July 2017, just one month after being elected, Afzal was appointed as Labour’s Shadow Immigration Minister.
Prior to being elected as a Member of Parliament, 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.
In 2008 Afzal was awarded a CBE for his work on community cohesion, inter-faith and local government. In March of 2018, Afzal was awarded the Sitara-i-Quaid-i-Azam, by President Mamnoon Hussain, the highest civilian honour which recognizes the contribution of individuals and organisations to the overall welfare of Pakistan and its people.