Labour's Sir Gerald Kaufman has held this seat and its predecessor in Parliament since 1970, when he became the member for Ardwick, which was reconstituted as Manchester Gorton in 1983.
In 2005 election Sir Gerald won a majority of 5,808, with a 10.8% swing to the Liberal Democrats.
At the election, boundary changes have moved parts of Ardwick and Moss Side into neigbouring Manchester Central Ward and parts of Withington and Old Moat into Manchester Withington, while the wards of Whalley Range, Gorton North, and Fallowfield, which were previously shared with Manchester Central, are now completely within the seat's boundaries. To find out what might have happened had this boundary change been in force at the last election, see a notional - or estimated - result below.
Situated to the south and east of the city centre, Manchester Gorton takes in Fallowfield and Rusholme in the west (close to Manchester Citys former Maine Road football ground), and Levenshulme in the east.
The seat is mostly residential, with around half the population owner-occupiers. The Asian community here makes up almost a fifth of the population.
Rusholme, famously home to the neon-lit strip known as the Curry (or Golden) mile, full of Indian restaurants and Asian jewellers, runs along the Wilmslow Road, south of Manchester University. Students at Manchesters three universities have moved into the area.
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