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Andy Burnham is Greater Manchester's first elected mayor

Friday 5th May 2017
Mayor Andy Burnham

Andy Burnham is Greater Manchester’s first directly elected mayor, saying it is a 'historic moment' for the region.

He received 63 per cent of the vote with 359,352 votes across all local authorities including Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.

Out of an electorate of 1,982,343, only 573,543 votes were cast – a turnout of 28.93 per cent.

The announcement was made shortly after 3.30pm today (Friday) from Manchester Central following the news that his Labour colleague Steve Rotherham was successful in Liverpool’s metro mayor elections.

Labour candidate Andy Burnham leaves a polling station in Golborne with his daughters, Annie (left) and Rosie, after casting his vote in the Greater Manchester mayoral election

Addressing the room, Mr Burnham cheekily ribbed his friend: “Wow 63 per cent. Pretty good. I hear down the road the candidate there got 59 per cent… so it’s Manchester 1, Liverpool 0.

“You’ve given me a big job to do and a big mandate... I’ve given it my all.

“Westminster has created a crisis in politics. We can hold as many general elections as we like but that will never solve the problem Greater Manchester is going to take control.”

Other candidates in the race included Conservative Sean Anstee (128,752), Liberal Democrat Jane Brophy (34,334), Labour’s Andy Burnham, English Democrat Stephen Morris (11,115), Ukip’s Shneur Odze (10,583), the Green Party’s Will Patterson (13,424) and independent candidates Mohammed Aslam (5,815) and Marcus Farmer (3,360).

Voters from across the region went to the polling stations on Thursday (May 4) to choose their first and second choice candidates for the role.

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In his new role he will have various powers and responsibilities, including the fire service, transport, planning and housing and those previously held by the police and crime commissioner.

Mr Burnham, who recently stepped down from his post as Leigh MP since 2001, also want to tackle homelessness in the city, which has seen a rise of 41 per cent in the last year, according to figures.

He said: “It saddens everyone here that the streets of Greater Manchester are providing the canvas for this unequal picture.”

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