Local Labour candidate for the Denton and Reddish constituency, Andrew Gwynne, has today welcomed the election of Andy Burnham as Greater Manchester’s first elected metropolitan mayor.
Mr. Burnham, Labour’s candidate for mayor, was selected after polls were verified on Friday afternoon across the region’s 10 borough council areas of Manchester, Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.
The powers afforded to the new role of mayor will mean Mr. Burnham has responsibility over planning and spatial development strategy, housing, police and fire services, transport, skills and justice, as well as working with the regions 22 local clinical commissioning groups to deliver Greater Manchester’s health and social care services.
Andrew Gwynne acted as chair of Andy Burnham’s mayoral campaign.
Mr. Burnham’s manifesto included pledges to:
- Eradicate homelessness in Greater Manchester by 2020, with the new mayor contributing 15% of his salary to fight homelessness.
- Create a 21st century UK industrial capital, a world-leading Digital City and Green City, where businesses are supported to succeed and jobs are decently-paid and secure.
- Home the country’s first fully-integrated National Health & Care Service.
- Expand reliable and affordable public transport serving all communities, with less congestion on our roads.
- Revitalise town centres and safe communities, so everyone can enjoy green spaces and breathe clean air.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“I’m delighted that Andy has been elected Greater Manchester’s first metro mayor.
“Andy has ambitious plans to revolutionise technical education for our children, as well as building the country’s first fully-integrated National Health and Care Service building on the work that is already ongoing across Greater Manchester to bring health and social care together.
“His experience as a former Health Secretary in the last Labour government will help Greater Manchester lead the way for a more equal England.”