Andy Burnham, the Shadow Home Secretary, has been selected as Labour’s candidate for the Greater Manchester Mayoral elections which will take place in 2017.
The other two candidates were Tony Lloyd, the interim Mayor who has held the role since 2015, and Ivan Lewis, the Labour MP for Bury South. As Burnham secured over half the votes there was no need to count the second preferences, with the final result being:
Andy Burnham – 50.1%
Tony Lloyd – 28%
Ivan Lewis – 19%
Burnham said after the results were announced:
“To be selected as Labour’s candidate for the first elected mayor of Greater Manchester is a great honour and I thank our members for the faith they have shown in me. I will repay it by devoting all my energy to uniting the Labour family here, working to win back the voters we have lost and building a policy programme with broad appeal. I will bring forward real answers to our housing crisis and give new hope to our young people”.
Burnham is now the favourite to become the first elected Mayor of Greater Manchester and he has pledged to stand down from Parliament if he is successful.