Andy Burnham, the former Shadow Home Secretary under Jeremy Corbyn and former Health Secretary under Gordon Brown, was elected Mayor of Greater Manchester with a whopping 63% of the vote back in May, according to the Guardian. His main rival, Conservative Sean Anstee won just under 23% of the total vote, while the Liberal Democrats candidate received a vote share of only 6%.
Since taking Labour to victory in Manchester, what has Burnham done while in power?
Politico has reported that the Mayor is using his position as a regional leader to call for English regions to have more of a say when it comes to the issue of Brexit.
“It cannot be right that Britain’s overseas territories, such as the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands, have a permanent seat at the Brexit table whilst we are denied one. Greater Manchester is ready to play our part and make a constructive contribution to the process of leaving the European Union.”
AB: "No young person who needs mental health support should be turned away. Our generation owes it to the younger generation"— Mayor Andy Burnham (@MayorofGM) 10 July 2017
Meanwhile, following the Grenfell tower tragedy, he has called to meet with landlords of Manchester tower blocks to ensure fire safety, as reported in the Manchester Evening News.
The same paper has also said that he wants to “establish Greater Manchester as a world beating digital city” and is opening a £2m fund to help do this.
Finally, one big part of Andy Burnham’s campaign was the striking ambition to end rough sleeping. On this, the Big Issue has reported that the Mayor has given away 15% of his pay-packet to help do this and has set up a fund to tackle the problem.
Two months on, Andy Burnham is certainly getting to work as Mayor of Greater Manchester. His target year to end rough sleeping in the region is 2020, which is also the year he is next up for election.
Manchester may be a Labour stronghold, but with three years to prove himself in the role anything can happen.
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