Afzal Khan (British politician)
|Member of the European Parliament|
for North West England
Assumed office |
13 June 2014
5 April 1958|
Labour Party (Co-op)
Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
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 in the solicitors firm of Mellor & Jackson, Oldham.
Khan was first elected a Councillor in 2000 being re-elected in 2004, 2007 and 2011, representing Cheetham Ward and also served as Executive Member for Children's Services. Khan was the youngest, first British Pakistani and Muslim, Lord Mayor of Manchester for 2005-2006. He has also served as Assistant Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Britain and is currently its North West representative.
From 2000 to 2004 Khan was a member of the Department of Trade and Industry's Ethnic Minority Business Forum, advising the then Secretary of State, Patricia Hewitt. Following the 2005 London bombings he was a member of a Home Office working group aimed at preventing extremism. Khan was appointed CBE for his race relations work and in 2011 was suggested as a candidate for Oldham East and Saddleworth. In 2012, he stood as the Labour candidate at the Bradford West by-election losing out to Imran Hussain, Deputy Leader of Bradford Council and a barrister (who was beaten at the election by George Galloway).
Afzal 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 will visit Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, France and Denmark for work with local Muslim communities but he will also be inviting groups of young Muslims to the Parliament.
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