Gerald Kaufman

Sir Gerald Bernard Kaufman (21 June 1930 – 26 February 2017) was a British Labour politician who served as a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1970 until his death in 2017, first for Manchester Ardwick and then for Manchester Gorton. He was a government minister in the 1970s and a member of the Shadow Cabinet in the 1980s. Knighted in 2004, he became Father of the House in 2015 and was the oldest sitting MP of the UK Parliament at the time of his death.


Sir Gerald Kaufman
Kaufman in December 2003
Father of the House of Commons
In office
7 May 2015  26 February 2017
SpeakerJohn Bercow
Preceded byPeter Tapsell
Succeeded byKenneth Clarke
Chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee[1]
In office
17 April 1992  12 July 2005
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byJohn Whittingdale
Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
In office
13 July 1987  24 July 1992
LeaderNeil Kinnock
Preceded byDenis Healey
Succeeded byJack Cunningham
Shadow Home Secretary
In office
31 October 1983  13 July 1987
LeaderNeil Kinnock
Preceded byRoy Hattersley
Succeeded byRoy Hattersley
Shadow Secretary of State for Environment
In office
8 December 1980  31 October 1983
LeaderMichael Foot
Preceded byRoy Hattersley
Succeeded byJack Cunningham
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Environment
In office
8 March 1974  12 June 1975
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterHarold Wilson
Succeeded byErnest Armstrong
Member of Parliament
for Manchester Gorton
In office
9 June 1983  26 February 2017
Preceded byKenneth Marks
Succeeded byAfzal Khan
Member of Parliament
for Manchester Ardwick
In office
18 June 1970  13 May 1983
Preceded byLeslie Lever
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
Born
Gerald Bernard Kaufman

(1930-06-21)21 June 1930
Leeds, Yorkshire, England, UK
Died26 February 2017(2017-02-26) (aged 86)
Political partyLabour
Alma materQueen's College, Oxford

He was known for his forthright views, but very rarely voted against the Labour Party whip, thus his two rebellions carried greater weight. Kaufman was a critic of the state of Israel and came under criticism himself during the 2009 parliamentary expenses scandal.