The Guardian Manchester

Labour chooses 'life-long' socialist MEP to fight Gorton seat

Labour has selected a member of the European parliament (MEP) to fight a byelection in Gorton, Manchester, following the death of Sir Gerald Kaufman last month.

Afzal Khan – a solicitor, self-declared “lifelong socialist” and MEP for the north-west of England since 2014 – beat four ...

yesterday 07:21 open_in_new
George Galloway to contest Manchester Gorton byelection

George Galloway has confirmed he will contest the Manchester Gorton byelection in an attempt to benefit from a divided local Labour party and re-enter parliament.

Galloway, 62, who has represented constituencies in London, Bradford and Glasgow during a political career spanning more than ...

2017-03-21 19:53 open_in_new
George Galloway to stand in Manchester Gorton byelection

George Galloway has confirmed he will stand in the Manchester Gorton byelection in an attempt to benefit from a divided local Labour party and re-enter parliament.

Galloway, 62, who has represented constituencies in London, Bradford and Glasgow during a political career spanning more than ...

2017-03-21 14:23 open_in_new
Immigration, creativity and the triumph of British-Chinese food

T he Cambridge University students who are reported to be upset by what they regard as the “culturally misrepresentative” offerings on their college menu – among them Jamaican stew, a seemingly insulting concoction of beef and mango – might like to tune into this week’s episode of the ...

2017-03-20 10:51 open_in_new
Gary Neville pulls plan for twin Manchester towers after backlash

Gary Neville has admitted his £200m plans for two bronze skyscrapers in Manchester city centre have “failed miserably” in the wake of huge opposition from heritage groups.

The former England footballer faced a fierce backlash for his plans to bulldoze three historic buildings to make ...

2017-03-15 21:45 open_in_new
Manchester joins race to host 2022 Commonwealth Games

Manchester has joined Birmingham and Liverpool in making its pitch to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The Commonwealth Games Federation stripped Durban of the right to stage the Games on Monday, only 18 months after the city was awarded them but one month after South Africa’s sports ...

2017-03-15 16:13 open_in_new
Judge accused of victim-blaming during sentencing comments in rape case

A judge has been criticised for suggesting that, while the blame rests solely with the perpetrator, women need to protect themselves against the threat of being raped while drunk.

Campaigners accused Lindsey Kushner QC, who made the comments as she delivered her final sentencing remarks ...

2017-03-10 22:51 open_in_new
George Galloway may enter race to become Gorton MP

George Galloway could be preparing for a political comeback in the highly contested Gorton byelection.

The former MP will only say that he is “considering standing” – but sources say he has been on the campaign trail for three weeks.

On Friday, Galloway was reportedly ...

2017-03-10 17:21 open_in_new
Families pay tribute to women killed in collision at hospital

The families of two women who died after a car hit a group of pedestrians outside a Manchester hospital have paid tribute to them.

Clare Haslam, 44, and Deborah Clifton, 49, were both pronounced dead in hospital shortly after the collision at Withington community hospital on ...

2017-03-09 21:33 open_in_new
Opera for babies to feature at Manchester International Festival

A musical about Lancashire’s cotton industry, an opera for babies and New Order reworking their back catalogue with a 12-member synthesiser ensemble are some of the highlights of this summer’s Manchester international festival (MIF).

Founded 10 years ago to promote Manchester as a ...

2017-03-09 14:57 open_in_new
Opera for babies to feature at Manchester International Festival

A musical about Lancashire’s cotton industry, an opera for babies and New Order reworking their back catalogue with a 12-strong synthesiser ensemble are some of the highlights of this summer’s Manchester International Festival (MIF).

Founded 10 years ago as an attempt to market ...

2017-03-09 13:51 open_in_new
Strangeways prison staff say they shared rooftop protester's concerns

Prison staff have revealed they shared concerns about conditions at HM Prison Manchester, commonly known as Strangeways, that led to a 60-hour rooftop protest by a prisoner.

Convicted murderer Stuart Horner endangered his own life in order to stage a protest after claims that his concerns ...

2017-03-07 19:55 open_in_new
Man who saved two children from Manchester fire to be deported

A man has been told he will be deported from the UK weeks after he saved two children from a house fire in Manchester. Robert Chilowa, who was commended by police for the rescue, said the order felt like a “slap in the face”.

The Zimbabwean national was hospitalised for smoke ...

2017-03-04 00:33 open_in_new
Betty Tebbs obituary

Betty Tebbs, who has died aged 98, was an agitator, trade unionist and proud member of the working class. She believed in a free Palestine and an end to global nuclear weapons programmes. She was never one to follow the rules.

Her activism began at the age of 14, when she turned up on the ...

2017-03-02 16:35 open_in_new
Delays at Manchester airport after van blazes in tunnel under runway

A runway at Manchester airport was closed on Tuesday evening after a van caught fire in a road tunnel under the landing strip.

Flights were moved to the airport’s second runway to escape the smoke, causing delays and diversions.

A Manchester airport spokeswoman said seven flights ...

2017-03-01 00:55 open_in_new
The Guardian

In Sir Gerald Kaufman, who has died aged 86, the Labour party had not only one of its longest-serving MPs, but also one of its loyalest, if most waspish, members. He supported a succession of leaders from Harold Wilson onwards through all vicissitudes, regularly coming high in MPs’ polls for ...

2017-02-27 18:59 open_in_new
Sir Gerald Kaufman, Labour MP for Manchester Gorton, dies aged 86

The oldest serving MP, Sir Gerald Kaufman, has died aged 86.

The Father of the House of Commons died on Sunday evening having suffered from a long-term illness for several months, his family said. The Labour politician was first elected as the MP for Manchester Ardwick in 1970, and later ...

2017-02-27 02:27 open_in_new
New £185m Manchester tram line that unearthed burial site opens

A new £185m tram line, the construction of which unearthed hundreds of bodies in a burial site, has opened in Manchester city centre.

The Second City Crossing runs from the neo-gothic town hall to Manchester Victoria station and is the final part of a £1.5bn transport expansion ...

2017-02-26 13:11 open_in_new
Small part of Manchester that has been home to 16 jihadis

In the small pocket of Manchester where the suicide bomber who killed himself in Iraq this week grew up, many before him had trodden the same path.

The handful of streets in Moss Side within a mile of the childhood home of Ronald Fiddler, also known as Jamal al-Harith, have been home to ...

2017-02-25 09:39 open_in_new
'Wanton vandalism': why Neville and Giggs' Manchester towers are despised

F rom their Cheshire mansions’ bathroom taps to their radiant spray-tans, it’s a running gag that footballers have a thing for bronze. But now Manchester United heroes Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs want to take their love of lustre one step further and bestow on their home city a pair of ...

2017-02-23 19:03 open_in_new
Peter Skellern’s piano-playing was too pure for his professor

Your obituary of the talented and much-lamented Peter Skellern (20 February) reminds me of an anecdote the singer-songwriter told during a concert in Manchester in the 1980s about his time at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

He had to play Debussy’s La fille aux ...

2017-02-22 22:03 open_in_new