Manchester news Andy Burnham sweeps to second mayoral term with increased vote share Manchester united news
PremierLeague-News.Com - The re-elected Labour mayor bucked the national trend, increasing his support from 63% to 67% on the first round
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Andy Burnham has swept back into the role of Greater Manchester mayor for a second term after securing two thirds of the vote, declaring it 'the best job in the world'. The Labour candidate bucked the national trend to increase his vote share since 2017 and romp to victory on the first round, increasing his vote share from 63pc to 67pc. Making his victory speech at Manchester Central Convention Centre, the new mayor's voice cracked as he thanked his family for all their guidance and support. As re-elected mayor, he said he would stand up to the government as and when it was needed. Referencing some of his fights with ministers last year, he said he was ready to 'move on', but insisted: "Don't give us devolution and be surprised if we answer you back." Making his victory speech at Manchester Central Convention Centre, the new mayor's voice cracked as he thanked his family for all their guidance and support (Image: Joel Goodman) His priorities in the second term will include transport and housing, he said, including the building of the Bee Network - connecting cycle and walking routes to an integrated public transport. This coming week will see him hit the ground running, he added, with a transport announcement on Monday. Government must now listen to the need for functioning, affordable public transport, he said. "Catching a bus in Harpurhey in Greater Manchester should cost the same as catching the bus in Haringey, in London." The former costs around £4, he said, while in London the fare would be £1.
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. Government needed to work with areas to solve that, or 'levelling up' would not happen, he said. "What is currently on offer is not levelling up."
Referencing some of his fights with ministers last year, he said he was ready to 'move on', but insisted: "Don't give us devolution and be surprised if we answer you back"
(Image: Joel Goodman)
His victory was resounding in an election that had seen Labour falter elsewhere. Other Labour mayors were returned with increased vote shares, including Salford's Paul Dennett and Liverpool City Region's Steve Rotheram, but the Greater Manchester result was a big increase on an already impressive vote share in 2017. The result had fuelled speculation that Burnham should be next Labour leader long before it had even been declared. But asked whether he had ambitions in that department he insisted that he had been re-elected to do the job here and would 'serve a full second term'. He is 'not going to put himself forward' unless the party needs him 'one day in the future'. Nevertheless, there would now need to be 'a lot of soul searching within the Labour Party nationally, he said, acknowledging that it has 'lost connection' with voters in some parts of the country.
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