View all newsletters
Sign up to our newsletters

Support 110 years of independent journalism.

  1. Politics
9 August 2016

Andy Burnham clinches Labour nomination for Manchester’s mayoral election

The former Labour leadership runner has finally enjoyed a victory. 

By Julia Rampen

Andy Burnham will be Labour’s leadership candidate for the Manchester mayoral elections, the party revealed. 

It is a long-awaited boost for the shadow home secretary, who lost to Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour leadership contest last year, despite an attempt to capture the left-wing vote. He trounced fellow MP Ivan Lewis, and Manchester’s current police and crime commissioner, Tony Lloyd in a landslide victory.

Burnham received 3,792 votes, compared to 2,163  for Lloyd and 1,472 for Lewis.

Corbyn congratulated Burnham on his win, tweeting: “It’s crucial we have a Mayor who will improve the lives of everyone in Greater Manchester, and in @andyburnhammp we have that candidate.”

The Labour leadership challenger, Owen Smith, also congratulated Burnham, tweeting: “He will be a fantastic Mayor for a great city.”

Burnham’s campaign manager, the MP Andrew Gwynne, tweeted: “Gwynning here.”

Burnham is expected to resign from the shadow Cabinet after the Labour leadership election, although The Staggers understands a resignation is not imminent. If he wins the top job, he will also be expected to resign from his job as an MP.  

In Liverpool, Walton MP Steve Rotheram, the current Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson and former shadow minister for mental health Luciana Berger are awaiting the results of their nomination process.

With no sign of a snap election, the May 2017 mayoral elections are Labour’s biggest chance to seize power in the coming years. The new metro mayors will have sweeping powers to change policy across the whole metropolitan area. Labour already has one such mayor – London’s Sadiq Khan, whose calm manner has provided an antidote to the deep emotions dividing the party since Brexit.

Burnham may have been the most famous name in the Manchester race, but voters on the streets were clear they expect the election to be won on policy. Burnham has pledged to invest in east-west transport links and to better integrate health and social care. 



Content from our partners
Unlocking the potential of a national asset, St Pancras International
Time for Labour to turn the tide on children’s health
How can we deliver better rail journeys for customers?

Select and enter your email address Your weekly guide to the best writing on ideas, politics, books and culture every Saturday. The best way to sign up for The Saturday Read is via The New Statesman's quick and essential guide to the news and politics of the day. The best way to sign up for Morning Call is via Our Thursday ideas newsletter, delving into philosophy, criticism, and intellectual history. The best way to sign up for The Salvo is via Stay up to date with NS events, subscription offers & updates. Weekly analysis of the shift to a new economy from the New Statesman's Spotlight on Policy team. The best way to sign up for The Green Transition is via
  • Administration / Office
  • Arts and Culture
  • Board Member
  • Business / Corporate Services
  • Client / Customer Services
  • Communications
  • Construction, Works, Engineering
  • Education, Curriculum and Teaching
  • Environment, Conservation and NRM
  • Facility / Grounds Management and Maintenance
  • Finance Management
  • Health - Medical and Nursing Management
  • HR, Training and Organisational Development
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Information Services, Statistics, Records, Archives
  • Infrastructure Management - Transport, Utilities
  • Legal Officers and Practitioners
  • Librarians and Library Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • OH&S, Risk Management
  • Operations Management
  • Planning, Policy, Strategy
  • Printing, Design, Publishing, Web
  • Projects, Programs and Advisors
  • Property, Assets and Fleet Management
  • Public Relations and Media
  • Purchasing and Procurement
  • Quality Management
  • Science and Technical Research and Development
  • Security and Law Enforcement
  • Service Delivery
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Travel, Accommodation, Tourism
  • Wellbeing, Community / Social Services
Visit our privacy Policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications.