Manchester welcomes its new mayor

Taking a commanding 63% share of the vote, Labour’s Andy Burnham saw off his competition to become the first mayor of Greater Manchester.

Andy Burnham will now be in charge of just under £1 billion in public spending and business leaders in the city have strongly welcomed the new appointment.

Chris Fletcher, director of Marketing and Policy at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said: “We look forward to working with Andy Burnham over the next three years to help develop and deliver what our members have told us they expect to see from the mayor.

"The result showed there is an appetite for this new way of doing local politics and this came through from the other candidates who played their part in the campaign.

“This is a significant event for local government and the course of devolution in Greater Manchester and the rest of the UK.”

Mr Burnham will start work on Monday morning, taking charge of policing, fire services, buses and hundreds of millions of pounds worth of housing and transport investment – potentially including the expansion of the tram network.

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6 May 2017
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