Afzal Khan (British politician)
|Shadow Minister of State for Immigration|
|Assumed office |
7 July 2017
|Shadow Sec.||Diane Abbott|
|Preceded by||Sir Keir Starmer|
|Member of Parliament |
for Manchester Gorton
|Assumed office |
9 June 2017
|Preceded by||Sir Gerald Kaufman|
|Member of the European Parliament|
for North West England
13 June 2014 – 8 June 2017
|Preceded by||Chris Davies|
|Succeeded by||Wajid Khan|
|Lord Mayor of Manchester|
|Preceded by||Tom O'Callaghan|
|Succeeded by||James Ashley|
|Born||5 April 1958|
|Political party|| UK|
Labour Party (Co-op)
Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
Mohammed Afzal Khan, Urdu: محمد افضل خان; born 5 April 1958) is a British Labour Party politician who serves as a Member of Parliament for the Manchester Gorton constituency, after his election on 8 June 2017.(
Khan was born in Pakistan and came to the UK aged 11. After leaving school without qualifications, he had a number of jobs, including as a Greater Manchester Police constable, before returning to education and qualifying as a solicitor: He is now a partner of solicitors Mellor & Jackson in Oldham.
In 2010, Khan was appointed CBE for his race relations work.
In 2011, Khan was suggested as a candidate for Oldham East and Saddleworth. In 2012, he was a potential candidate for the Bradford West by-election but lost the nomination to Imran Hussain, who was defeated by Respect Party candidate, George Galloway.
Khan was selected in February 2013 on the Labour Party's list for North West England at the European Parliamentary election of 2014 and, on 22 May 2014, he was returned as MEP to the European Parliament to represent North West England.
In January 2016, Khan was appointed by the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament as Special Representative to Muslim Communities. In this function, Khan visited Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, France and Denmark for work with local Muslim communities and invited groups of young Muslims to the Parliament.
In March 2017, he applied to be Labour's candidate in the 2017 Manchester Gorton by-election and was officially selected on 22 March. During the by-election, he said "I condemn the statements made by Ken Livingstone and I believe there is no place for anti-Semitism in the Labour Party." He added, "I have been a lifelong campaigner against racism and anti-Semitism. In 2008, I was awarded a CBE in part for my work encouraging greater understanding between Muslims and Jews. I intend to continue this work if I am elected as MP for Manchester Gorton."
The by-election was cancelled following the dissolution of Parliament for the early general election on 8 June 2017. Khan was again selected for as the Labour candidate for the general election and was elected, becoming Manchester's first Muslim MP. In July 2017, Khan was appointed Shadow Immigration Minister.
In July 2019, Khan apologised after it emerged that he had shared a Facebook video about Benjamin Netanyahu in 2017 containing antisemitic tropes. The text under the video referred to an "Israel-British-Swiss-Rothschilds crime syndicate" and "mass murdering Rothschilds Israeli mafia criminal liars". Khan said he was "mortified", adding "I didn't read the text below, which contained an anti-Semitic conspiracy about the Rothschilds. I would never have shared it if I had seen that". Khan also allegedly liked a comment saying that Corbyn was "the target of a relentless smear campaign, orchestrated by the wealthy establishment".
He is a co-founder of the Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester.
In March 2018, Khan received a suspicious package containing an anti-Islamic letter and sticky liquid. The substance was later found to be harmless. Similar packages were received by fellow Labour MPs Mohammad Yasin, Rushanara Ali and Rupa Huq.
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- Appearances on C-SPAN
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Sir Gerald Kaufman
| Member of Parliament
for Manchester Gorton