Afzal Khan MEP

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ANNUAL REPORT

2016

Afzal Khan MEP

Dear Member,

It has been an honour to serve

another year as one of your North

West MEPs.

Over the past twelve months I’ve been

representing your interests and putting

Labour values into action by fighting

on issues such as TTIP, tax avoidance,

homelessness, compensation for flood

victims and the refugee crisis in the

European Parliament.

I’ve also spent time campaigning across

the whole region in local, PCC and

mayoral elections and of course the

referendum campaign. During that

time I’ve been privileged to campaign

side by side with party members in

every part of the North West and the

hard work and dedication that so many

of you show towards our party is truly

inspirational. Thank you.

The referendum result and the

divisions that it exposed will have huge

consequences for the direction of our

country for years to come.

Yet instead of trying to secure a

responsible Brexit which benefits

all parts of the UK and brings the

country back together, the Tory Party

Conference showed that Theresa May

is set on pursuing a hard Brexit and

pandering to the lowest common

denominator on immigration.

So although the referendum might

be over, it doesn’t mean the fight

for Labour is over. The details of

any deal with the EU - whether on

workers’ rights, EU funding, or a new

immigration system - will have a huge

impact on working people. Labour

must be a strong voice holding the

government to account during Brexit

negotiations. And I can assure you

that as an MEP I will play my part in

fighting for the best deal for the North

West and for Britain.

This report is only a brief overview

of the work that I’ve been doing over

the past year. And for more up to date

information follow me on twitter at

@AKhanMEP. Please don’t hesitate to

get in touch with me.

I look forward to working with you for a

better future for all.

Best wishes,

Afzal

@akhanmep AfzalKhanMEP AfzalKhanLabour www.afzalkhan.org.uk


NORTH WEST OUTREACH

Over the year I have been supporting various causes and community groups to help drive our region forwards.

COMMUNITIES

CAUSES

Heroes Parade in Manchester.

Youth Stop Aids.

Speaking at the North West

Youth Parliament.

Manchester Pride.

Opening the Kashmir Information Centre

with local MP Sir Gerald Kaufman.

One Britain One Nation.

Irish Parade.

Arawak Housing Fun Day.

Neighbourhood Food Bank.

Peace and Unity, One Community Event.

Army Chief visiting WW1 exhibition

St George’s Day.

Brussels Forum of Wisdom

and World Peace.

We refuse to be enemies.

INDUSTRY

I’ve also been working with business and institutions, like our universities, to try and promote the North West and encourage

investment in jobs, skills and growth.

Touring Siemens factory.

Visiting apprentices at BAE Systems.

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CAMPAIGNING

I’ve been campaigning across the region during the last 12 months in by-elections, local elections, mayoral elections and of course the

EU referendum. As well as campaigning in target seats, I also spoke at numerous fundraisers and CLP meetings. I’ll continue fighting

for a Labour Government and as always if you ever want me to help with campaigning please get in touch.

CAMPAIGNS

NW Young Labour Conference.

LABOUR PARTY ACTIVITY

Oldham West & Royton By-Election.

#EducationNotSegregation.

People’s Post Campaign.

West Lancs.

Bolton.

TUC Equalities Conference.

Usdaw celebrating 125 years.

Bury.

Stockport.

SPEAKING AT CLPS

Ashton under Lyne.

Birkenhead.

Blackpool South.

Bury North.

Denton & Reddish.

Oldham East & Saddleworth.

South Ribble.

Stockport.

Stretford & Urmston.

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FIGHTING FOR YOU

ACROSS THE NORTH WEST

SECURING WORKPLACE RIGHTS

Following the Brexit vote I’m working to ensure that worker’s

rights are protected in the UKs new relationship with the EU.

The Working Time Directive, the right to four weeks paid leave,

maternity and paternity leave, are all on the line following the

referendum and I’ll be pressing the UK government to ensure

that all these rights are maintained despite Brexit.

GENDER EQUALITY

Along with Labour MEPs, I voted to adopt a European

Parliament plan to include gender equality in every aspect

of its decision-making and legislation. The plan aims to

ensure women’s rights and equality, as well as rights of LGBT

persons, will be taken into account in different areas of

legislation, from the impact of macro-economic policies on

women, to women and girls’ access to digital technologies.

HOMELESSNESS

Over the past year I’ve

been pressing the UK

government to explain

why in 2013 they rejected

hundreds of millions of

pounds of EU funding

that could have gone to

tackle homelessness.

Since then homelessness

across the UK has

risen by over a third. I’ll

continue campaigning

for the Government to

provide more help to

homeless people across

the North West.

Jeremy Corbyn

backs my campaign.

FLOODING

In late 2015 the North West was hit by serve flooding. I,

along with other MEPs, lobbied the government to apply for

EU solidarity funding which could be used to compensate

affected areas. After Months of campaigning and reluctance

from ministers to act, we finally persuaded the government

to apply for funds from the EU, securing millions of pounds in

compensation for North West flood victims.

INFRASTRUCTURE

The transformation of the Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink stop is

a fantastic boost for commuters and further evidence of the huge

benefits EU membership brought to Manchester and the region.

The new Metrolink stop is just one of over 200 projects across the

North West funded by the EU Development Fund, many of which

couldn’t have gone ahead without European funding. It’s great to

see this money is put to good use, providing a fantastic facility for

the city of Manchester.

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FIGHTING FOR YOU

IN PARLIAMENT

DISABILITY RIGHTS

One group that could

be major potential

losers from Brexit

is disabled people.

Job assistance to

thousands of people with disabilities, access

requirements to buildings and public transport,

and the right to legal defence against unfair

denial of social care services could all be lost

as a result of Brexit. I, along with other Labour

MEPs are campaigning to ensure that all these

rights are retained despite Brexit.

STOCKHOLM CONFERENCE

In September I spoke at SIPRI the Security Conference on Secure Cities in

Stockholm. This was a major international meeting of experts from over

50 countries examining how to make modern cities safe. In my remarks I

detailed on how Greater Manchester has worked together to tackle gangs

and organised crime.

NUCLEAR FREE WORLD

In July I raised the issue of Nuclear weapons, during a committee hearing with

the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organisation.

A nuclear free world is something that I have been fighting for throughout my

whole political career. It is vital that we do everything we can to persuade more

countries to sign up to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and to reduce the

number of nuclear weapons that states have.

S&D POSITION

This year I was appointed the S&D

groups special representative to

Muslim communities. In this role I

serve as a bridge between Europe’s

Muslims, the socialist political

establishment and the wider society

at this critical time.

Part of my activities will include visits

to several European countries, talking

to community leaders and politicians.

I will connect British community

organisations of different faiths to

partners in France, Germany, Italy

and Denmark.

ISLAMOPHOBIA REPORT 2015

In May I helped launched the EU’s

Islamophobia report 2015. The

report is unique in many ways. It

incorporates 25 national reports

discussing trends in Islamophobia

over the year. The report highlights

the attacks suffered by the

radicalisation of the far-right and how

discrimination has had an impact on

so many lives across Europe.

The report will form a vital knowledge

basis for understanding Islamophobia

and how best to combat it.

ZERO HOURS -

Labour MEPs have

been working for the

European Commission

and national

governments to take

action on exploitative

zero-hours contracts. The majority of the

Parliament backed our call but the Tories and

UKIP voted against. I believe that if you work

regular hours, you should have a regular

contract, and that is why I will keep working to

end zero-hours contracts in the UK.

FAMILY FRIENDLY

POLICIES -

Labour MEPs have

supported measures

calling for national

governments to

adopt more family friendly policies and to fully

implement the parental leave directive. The

measures - which Conservative MEPs voted

against - seeks to modernise parental leave

provisions throughout the European Union,

and calls on all EU countries to introduce highquality,

accessible childcare facilities.

TAX AVOIDANCE –

Tax avoidance is

a major concern

following the Panama

Papers scandal and

Labour MEPs supported tough new measures

at European level to crack down on avoidance

and increase tax transparency. I believe that

the UK should continue to enforce these new

measures post Brexit and I’ll be pressing the

UK government to commit to doing so.

TTIP –

Before the Brexit

vote I was working

with Labour MEPs to

ensure TTIP was a fair

deal that works for

the UK. Labour MEPs

led the opposition to the NHS being included

in any TTIP deal and that workers’ rights and

conditions would be protected.

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REFERENDUM CAMPAIGN

Over the course of the referendum I was privileged to campaign

side by side with party members in every part of our region. The

hard work and dedication that members show towards our party

is truly inspirational.

While defeat in the referendum was a bitter pill to swallow, we all

must accept the decision of the British people. But that doesn’t

mean we can’t still ensure that the things Labour fought for

during the election – fairness, solidarity and workplace rights –

are reflected in the UK’s new relationship with the EU.

#Selfie.

Bury.

Door Knocking with Eddie Izzard.

Merseyside.

Oldham.

On the battle bus with Tom Watson MP.

Sadiq Khan Mayor of London.

Salford.

South Manchester Debate.

Stretford.

Carlisle.

#CARLISLETOCREWE

In May your North West Labour MEPs embarked on a week-long road trip travelling the

length of the North West – from Carlisle to Crewe – to highlight the benefits of the UK

remaining in the EU and to warn of the dangers of Brexit.

At each stop of our tour we were joined by party members, MPs and local councillors for a

variety of campaigning activities including, street stalls, leafleting and door knocking.

Everywhere we went there was something to say about what the EU has done for us here

in the North West. Although ultimately we didn’t win the referendum, it was great to be out

across the whole of the region talking to voters about their concerns and making the case

for why remaining in the EU is so important.

Blackpool.

Blackburn.

Manchester.

Warrington.

Crewe.

AFTER BREXIT

Since the referendum it’s been a time of huge upheaval and

uncertainty. I’ve had a huge number of emails from members

and constituents asking what role MEPs will have following the

referendum vote.

While the future of our relationship with Europe is filled with

uncertainty, the situation regarding MEPs in the short-term

is relativity simple - until the UK leaves the EU it remains a

member and MEPs remain MEPs.

There is a good reason for this. The rules made in the EU will

continue to apply in our country and may still apply after as

well depending on the nature of any exit deal that the Tory

government negotiates.

That’s why I - along with other Labour MEPs -

will continue to fulfil our role, working and

voting on EU legislation, and working with

colleagues to ensure these policies are in

line with our Labour values. We will also

work hard to hold the Leave campaigners

and the Tory government to account for

their actions.

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MEDIA

Most weeks I use media appearances to highlight the issues

that affect my constituents across the North West and to hold

the Tory government to account. Some of the highlights are

below and you can see more on my website.

For more news log on to

www.AfzalKhan.org.uk/News

GROUP VISITS

This year I was delighted to welcome groups from across

the North West to the European Parliament in Brussels.

I particularly enjoy hosting these groups as it gives people

chance to see beyond the myths about Brussels and to

see the important work the parliament is doing up close.

The trips include a visit round the European Parliament, a

tour of Brussels, Q&A with Labour MEPs and a tour of the

Parlamentarium - the European Parliament’s Visitors Centre.

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MEP RANKINGS

95%

97%

I have delivered 761

speeches, ranking

me 1st in the North

West and 3rd of all

73 British MEPs

I have a 95%

attendance record,

ranking me 1st in the

North West and 5th

of all British MEPs

I have moved 145

motions, ranking me

1st in the North West

and 4th of all 73

British MEPs

My attendance in

roll-call votes is

97%, ranking me 1st

in the North West

and 4th of all 73

British MEPs

CASEWORK STATS

16,270

Total cases

Major policy

concerns

this year

Total cases: 16,270

Average 581 constituent enquires dealt with per

month since elected

Non policy cases: 670

Major policy concerns this year

CETA, Brexit , Water and sanitation,

Syria, Refugee crisis, Animal welfare,

Human rights abuses, TTIP

“I often have constituents who come for a

short period of work experience in my office.

If you would like to take part please get in

touch at AfzalKhan.org.uk/WorkExperience”

@akhanmep AfzalKhanMEP AfzalKhanLabour www.afzalkhan.org.uk

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