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Now that the Labour Party has published its timetable for selecting a candidate for the Gorton by-election, I believe now is the right time to make my intentions clear.
Over the past few days I have been grateful for the many friends and colleagues in the Labour Party and the trade union movement who have urged me to put myself forward for selection. After discussing the matter carefully with my family I have decided that I will be standing to be Labour’s candidate in Gorton.
I don’t have a typical politician’s background. I came to this country as a child, having been adopted out of poverty. Manchester has been my home for 40 years. I studied here, got married here and my children were born and raised here. It’s a world class city and a place that I love.
I’ve never been a career politician. I left school with no qualifications and started work at 16. After working in a cotton mill, as a bus driver and a Greater Manchester police officer, I studied law as a mature student whilst caring for my wife and two young children. Qualifying as a solicitor I worked my way up to become a partner at my own law firm in Gorton.
As a former Manchester councillor, Lord Mayor and now an MEP, I’m a proven campaigner, with a track record of hard work and delivering for my constituents. I’ve got the experience to make a difference as Gorton’s MP and I’ll hit the ground running from day one.
Sir Gerald Kaufman was a true champion for the people of Manchester Gorton. Over the 20 years we worked together I was always grateful for his support, advice and above all friendship. I hope that during this process local members will decide that l am the right person to carry on his legacy.
I will be saying more over the coming days but in the meantime I wish all the other candidates the best of luck.
If you wish to help with my campaign please email firstname.lastname@example.org.