Burnley Councillor Wajid Khan set to replace Afzal Khan as MEP for the North West

If Afzal Khan MEP wins the Manchester Gorton by-election he will stand down as an MEP. 

This means that the fourth person on Labour’s list from the 2014 European Parliament election will become an MEP. That person is Burnley Councillor Wajid Khan.

In an exclusive interview with WriteYou, Mr Khan confirmed that he would take up the position saying that, “It would be an honor and a privilege to serve the people of the North West”.

Mr Khan is likely to be one of the last, if not the last, British person to become an MEP. Born and bred in Burnley, his dad was a taxi driver and his mum didn’t work. 

He went to the University of Central Lancashire to study law. He then did a masters degree in European law. Khan told me that his passion for Europe stems from his education. He was a taxi driver himself to support himself through university and is currently a lecturer at UCLAN. He is also a Burnley Councillor and Executive Member for Resource and Performance Management.

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Mr Khan told me that, “This is a vital time for Britain and the North West. I want to become an MEP because I’m passionate about scrutinising the Brexit deal to ensure the best outcome for jobs, the economy and prosperity in the North West.

“I passionately campaigned for remain and I’m very concerned by Theresa May’s choices. She has no mandate for a hard brexit, it wasn’t on the ballot paper and she is serving the needs of the Conservative Party not the country. They don’t have plan.

“Every penny of European funding in the North West must be protected and replaced by the Government. I’ll fight for that”. 

I asked him how he felt about being one of the last ever British MEPs.

He said, “I’m an internationalist. I believe in global solutions to global problems like climate change and terrorism. It would be an honor and a privilege to serve the people of the North West.

“I will fight to the best of my ability to get the best deal for the people of the North West”.

Mr Khan told me if he becomes an MEP he will resign as an Executive Member but currently intends to stay on as a Burnley Councillor.

The Gorton By-Election date has yet to be confirmed but is likely to be held in May. 

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