Improving Student Mental Health Outcomes
- 10:00 - 16:05
- Mary Ward House Conference & Exhibition Centre, London
Afzal Khan is the Member of Parliament representing the Gorton constituency in Greater Manchester. Afzal was elected as an MP in the 2017 General Election with a 76.3% share of the vote.
Having served as the Councillor for Cheetham ward and Executive Member for Children Services on Manchester City Council, Afzal became the youngest and first British Pakistani and Muslim Lord Mayor for Manchester in 2005. During his time as an elected member of Manchester City Council, Afzal sat on the Home Office's working group to prevent extremism that was established subsequent to the 2005 London terror attacks; in addition to being appointed a member of the Department of Trade and Industry's Ethnic Minority Business Forum - advising the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Before taking a seat in the House of Commons, Afzal was elected to represent North West England in the European Parliamentary elections of 2014. As a member of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats group in the European Parliament, Afzal was appointed Special Representative to Muslim Communities - a diplomatic role he has continued to develop as the Muslim Council of Britain's North West representative.
Following Afzal's election to parliament in 2017, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn appointed him the Shadow Immigration Minister; a portfolio with responsibility for developing Labour's immigration and border security policy and assisting the Shadow Home Secretary with resettlement schemes, asylum, detention and deportation cases, HM Passport Office and post-Brexit immigration policy.