Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, commenting on the triggering of the Gorton by-election and the selection of Afzal Khan, said:
“I am delighted that Afzal Khan will be Labour’s candidate for the Manchester Gorton by-election.
“Afzal is a fantastic example of what can be achieved when hard work, community and dedication combine. Afzal’s strong track record of contributing to his community, as a bus driver, a police officer and now an MEP, makes him best placed to deliver for Manchester Gorton.
“Manchester is a vibrant city but has suffered from years of Tory cuts and neglect. Afzal, as a strong Labour voice, will stand up for Manchester Gorton.
“I am proud that Labour has selected a local candidate with such dedication to his community.”