Gerald Kaufman was born in June 1930 in Leeds. He was educated at Leeds Grammar School, and studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Queen’s College, Oxford.
He was assistant General Secretary of the Fabian Society between 1954 and 1955, a lead writer on the Daily Mirror for nine years from 1955 and a journalist on the New Statesman from 1964 to 1965. He became a writer, contributing to the satirical television comedy programme on BBC Television, That Was The Week That Was in 1962.
He was Parliamentary Press Liaison Officer for the Labour Party from 1965 to 1970 and has been a Member of Parliament since 1970, serving Manchester Ardwick, and subsequently for Manchester Gorton. He was a member of Prime Minister Harold Wilson's cabinet during the 1970s, and a member of the Shadow Cabinet in the 1980s.