The Staggers 27 February 2017 Gerald Kaufman dies aged 86 Before becoming an MP, Kaufman's varied career included a stint as the NS film critic. Photo: Getty Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up Gerald Kaufman, the Labour MP for Manchester Gorton and former critic at the New Statesman, has died. Kaufman, who served as the MP for Manchester Gorton continuously from 1970, had a varied career before entering Parliament, working for the Fabian Society in addition to his flourishing career in journalism and as a satirist, writing for That Was The Week That Was and as a leader writer on the Mirror. In 1965, he exchanged the press for politics, working as a press officer and an aide to Harold Wilson before he was elected to parliament in 1970. Upon Labour’s return to office in 1974, he served as a junior minister until the party’s defeat in 1979, and on the opposition frontbenches until 1992, reaching the position of shadow foreign secretary. In 1999, he was chair of the Man Booker Prize, which that year was won by JM Coetzee’s Disgrace. His death opens up a by-election in Manchester Gorton, which Labour is expected to win. › How Girls made an entire episode out of a single conversation about sexual assault Stephen Bush is political editor of the New Statesman. His daily briefing, Morning Call, provides a quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics. Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!