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Andy Burnham Chosen As Labour’s Candidate For Manchester Mayor

Andy Burnham has been chosen as Labour’s candidate for the Mayor of Greater Manchester.

The Shadow Home Secretary was today announced as the candidate for next year’s election, which will take place on May 4.

The Leigh MP beat former Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary Ivan Lewis and current interim mayor Tony Lloyd to secure the nomination.

Burnham, who came second in last year’s Labour leadership contest, used his victory speech to call on Prime Minister Theresa May to honour her government’s promises to the north of England around the so-called ‘Northern Powerhouse’.

He also vowed to battle against any attempt to roll out grammar schools in the area.

 

Vote result:

Andy Burnham: 3792 votes.

Ivan Lewis: 1472 votes

Tony Lloyd: 2163 votes

Turnout: 65% 

The Mayor of Greater Manchester will be responsible for a £300million housing fund, and will be tasked will building an additional 15,000 homes in the region in the next ten years.

They will also be in charge of transport, and will be given some devolved powers over the health budget.

The post of Police and Crime Commissioner will also be absorbed into the role, meaning the Mayor will have the power to hire and fire the Manchester Police’s Chief Constable.

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