Greens announce Jess Mayo as their candidate for the Gorton by-election

The Green Party has announced Jess Mayo as its candidate for the Gorton by-election.

Mayo bid to make history and become the first Green MP for Gorton, where the party finished second in the last local and General elections.

The election will take place after the death of the area's long-standing Labour MP Sir Gerald Kaufman, who died last month aged 86.

He held the seat for Labour at the last election after taking 67% of the vote and securing a majority of 24,097.

The Green Party came second receiving 4,108 votes, with the Tories in third, followed by UKIP in fourth and the Lib Dems in fifth position.

“The Greens are the only party to challenge Labour in Gorton and it’s a privilege to stand in this by-election and give voters a real alternative.

"The Green Party has already brought about real change for this community by pushing the council to protect us from flooding and make our roads safer."

– Jess Mayo, Green Party candidate for Manchester Gorton.