Mohammed Afzal Khan CBE (born 1960, in Jhelum, Pakistan), is a Labour Party politician in Manchester, England and a Member of the European Parliament. Afzal Khan was born in Pakistan and moved to Brierfield in Lancashire when he was 12 years old. He started his working life as a labourer in a mill and later became a weaver. On moving to Manchester he resumed his education and completed his A-levels at Abraham Moss College. During this period Afzal worked as a bus driver and then as a youth worker in Cheetham Hill. He then joined Greater Manchester Police and served as a police constable. He took law a step further and went on to higher education and completed a Law degree and began his career as a solicitor. He has practised law for many years and is a senior partner at a Manchester law firm.
Councillor Khan was elected to represent the Cheetham ward in 2000 and since then has served on Social Strategy, Finance and General Purpose Committees for Manchester City Council. He has also held the posts of Assistant Executive Member for Finance and Personnel and Lead Member for Race Equality. Councillor Khan is an active member of Amicus, the GMB Trade Union and the United Co-op Movement. Afzal was an advisor to the Department of Trade and Industry between the years of 2000 and 2004 and has worked as a non-executive director for North Manchester Primary Health Care Trust since 2001. He is also a school governor at Temple and Cheetham Community schools.
Councillor Khan has been involved with extensive charitable work with a number of local and national charities; including BBC Children in Need, Christie’s hospital, UKIM Relief and Human Appeal International. During his year as Lord Mayor, his primary focus will be The Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal Trust. Councillor Mohammed Afzal Khan and his wife Shakeela have been happily married for 26 years. They have 3 children, Maryam, Imran and Ayesha.