Updated: The activists aiming to be Labour’s next MP in Manchester Gorton


Applications to be Labour’s candidate in the Manchester Gorton closed yesterday.

There are several high-profile confirmed candidates in the running to replace Sir Gerald Kaufman, who died last month aged 86.

Labour members who have submitted an application include:

Rabnawaz Akbar, a councillor whose ward is in the Manchester Gorton constituency.

Mike Amesbury, a councillor in the Fallowfield area of Manchester and former Unison shop steward.

Yasmine Dar, a Manchester councillor and social worker.

Karl Eastham, a councillor in Southwark in London who is from Accrington in Lancashire.

Jerry Hague, a legal advisor for TUC Yorkshire and Humber who comes from North Derbyshire.

Eve Holt, a social entrepreneur and former solicitor who has served as a school governor.

Afzal Khan, MEP for the north west and a former solicitor.

Amina Lone, a councillor in Manchester who contested Morecambe and Lunesdale at the general election.

Faisal Malik, teacher and Unite member from Lancashire.

Aasim Rashid, Rochdale councillor and member of Unite and GMB.

Julie Reid, a Gorton South councillor who has strongly backed Jeremy Corbyn since he became leader.

Imran Rizvi, a Manchester-born solicitor, diversity campaigner and former councillor.

Sam Wheeler, a high-profile figure in Momentum who is thought to have the backing of Jeremy Corbyn’s office.

Imran Yousaf, a Unite member and Momentum activist.

Eve Holt, a Whalley Range resident describes herself as “a coach, facilitator, community organiser and a mum”.

This list will be updated during the week. If you have applied to Manchester Gorton, or know someone who has, then please contact [email protected]

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