Councillor Abid Latif Chohan was born in a remote village in the Jhelum district in Pakistan’s Punjab province. Abid has lived in Manchester with his wife, Azra, since August 1998.
Within two weeks of arriving in the UK, Abid started his first job as a paralegal in a law firm, having previously undertaken legal training in Pakistan; he attained a Bachelor of Laws qualification. A career in law appealed to Abid, as it would give him the opportunity to help others, as it had done in Pakistan. He studied for a diploma in Immigration Law at Oldham College and then went on to pass a Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test in 2006 – a regulatory exam for foreign licensed attorneys who want to practise in England and Wales.
Abid has worked as a solicitor since 2007 and specialises in immigration and civil litigation law. In 2015, Abid set up his own law firm, AG Solicitors, where he is a Director. As a human rights lawyer and activist, Abid has often spoken out against human rights violations around the globe. In the past 20 years, he has also continued to provide legal services on a pro bono basis to those needing help but who cannot afford to pay professional fees.
In 2004, Abid was elected as a Manchester City Councillor representing the Longsight ward. He has also sat on the Licensing and Appeals Committee for several years and served as Deputy Chair for four years.
A significant number of children in Manchester are growing up in families that live in poverty. Abid is committed to developing a fairer and more inclusive city for all and, during his year of office, is keen to raise awareness of the issue of child poverty. He has served as Lead Member for Race and Equality and has sat on a number of scrutiny committees including Children and Young People, Communities, Neighbourhoods and Environment, and the Planning and Highways.
Abid is married to Azra Abid Chohan and they have two grown up children, Asim and Aisha, who were born, raised and still live in Manchester. Azra will support him as Lady Mayoress for the first six months of his term. His daughter supported him as Lady Mayoress for the second half of his term. He stepped down as Lord Mayor on 28th October 2020 and will carry on a as a trustee of We Love MCR for the remainder of Councillor’s Tommy Judge’s term as Lord Mayor.