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Band President

Afzal Khan is the Labour MP for Manchester Gorton. Afzal was elected at the General Election on the 8th June 2017 and is the first person from a BME background to represent a Manchester constituency in Parliament. He is also the President of Belle Vue Brass Band.

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.

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. In July of this year, Azal was appointed as a Shadow Immigration Minister.