Keir Starmer MP, Shadow Brexit Secretary, joined Labour’s candidate for the Manchester, Gorton by-election to test the temperature of the mood among Fallowfield’s young people about Brexit.
Keir and Afzal met a group of ten students at The Place, a vibrant, modern community hub and resource centre in the heart of Fallowfield.
The hub is on the site of Fallowfield Library, which in 2015 was earmarked for closure until the community fought to save it. Labour led Manchester City Council funded The Place, to be a community hub alongside a library service, offering a wide range of services, activities, courses and events to support young people to get on.
The Place is a non-profit-making organisation aiming to improve opportunities and life chances for local people and to bring a range of benefits to the Fallowfield community.
Following the meeting, Keir Starmer MP, Shadow Brexit secretary, said:
“Manchester’s post Brexit interest lies in the UK building a strong and close future relationship with Europe based on shared values, common aims and mutual benefit.
“Meeting the students today was inspiring. They are not only well informed about what Brexit means for them, but they are enthusiastic and motivated to make the best of their futures.
“It’s my job, working with our MEPs like Afzal, to make sure this Tory government delivers the best possible deal for Manchester’s young people.
“Afzal’s experience as an MEP means he will be able to play a strong role in holding the government to account and fighting for a fair Brexit deal for everyone in Manchester, Gorton. “
Afzal Khan MEP, Labour’s candidate for the Gorton by-election, added:
“Hubs like The Place, and the funding the council gave to support it, play an important role in supporting Manchester, Gorton’s young people to get on.
“I left school at 16 with no qualifications, and it’s only because I was given opportunity to work hard and get on that I was able to build my own law firm, and serve my community as your MEP.
“The young people we spoke to today are concerned about how Brexit will affect their opportunities and future careers, but they are hopeful and motivated.
“Making sure Manchester, Gorton’s young people get all the chances they want, and deserve, is one of the reasons I’m standing to be Labour next MP. I’ll use my experience to make sure that happens, in the face of Brexit and any other obstacles.”