Gerald Kaufman

British politician (1930-2017)

Sir Gerald Bernard Kaufman (21 June 1930 – 26 February 2017) was a British Labour politician.

Sir Gerald Kaufman
Father of the House
In office
7 May 2015 – 26 February 2017
Preceded byPeter Tapsell
Succeeded byKenneth Clarke
Chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee
In office
National Heritage Committee until 1997
Preceded byCommittee established
Succeeded byJohn Whittingdale
Shadow Foreign Secretary
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
Majority24,079 (57.3%)
Member of Parliament
for Manchester Ardwick
In office
18 June 1970 – 9 June 1983
Preceded byLeslie Lever
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
Gerald Bernard Kaufman

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

Kaufman served as a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1970 until his death in 2017. He served 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. He became Father of the House after the retirement of Peter Tapsell in 2015. At the time of his death, he was the eldest sitting MP of the UK Parliament.

Kaufman died on 26 February 2017 at the age of 86.[1]


  1. "Labour MP Gerald Kaufman dies at 86 – BBC News". BBC Online. Retrieved 26 February 2017.