Updated: Friday, 6th December 2019 @ 7:44pm

General Election 2019: Meet the Manchester Gorton candidates

General Election 2019: Meet the Manchester Gorton candidates

| By Billy Brake

The last time Labour failed to win the Manchester Gorton constituency was in the 1931 general election, when Conservative Eric Bailey received 55.1% of the vote.

Four years later, Joseph Compton won his seat back with 55.86% of the vote – and it has remained firmly in Labour’s hands ever since.

The last time Labour received less than 50% of the vote was in the 1967 Manchester Gorton by-election.

In 2017, Mohammad Afzal Khan won the constituency comfortably, the 35,085 votes he received easily besting the Conservative Shaden Jaradat’s 3,355.

Mohammad Afzal Khan – Labour and Co-operative Party          

Khan is currently the Shadow Minister of State for Immigration, having held that post since July 2017. He was Lord Mayor of Manchester from 2005-2006 and from 2014-2017 was a Member of European Parliament for North West England.

He has also served as Assistant-Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain and is currently its North West representative.

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Jackie Pearcey – Liberal Democrats

First occupying the Gorton North seat on Manchester City Council in 1991, it was a position that Pearcey held until 2012. She has previously run for the Lib Dems in Bolton West (2010), Ribble Valley (2015) and Gorton (2017). She received 17.2%, 5.3% and 5.7% of the vote respectively.

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Eliza Tyrrell – Green Party

Tyrrell has stood twice before for the Green Party, both in the Manchester local elections, in 2018 in Ancoats and Beswick and 2019 for Whalley Range.

She has stated that this is a climate election and has asked people to vote with their hearts, as opposed to tactical voting.

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Lesley Barbara Kaya – The Brexit Party

Kaya is standing for Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party on December 12.

“Excited to be standing as The Brexit Party candidate for Manchester Gorton.

“We would love to have some new recruits to help us in our fight for democracy.”

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Sebastian Michael Lowe – The Conservative and Unionist Party

Lowe is currently the leader of Rugby’s council and represents Coton and Boughton Ward.