Sunday 18 March 2018

Some people are loving that Greater Manchester's first ever mayor is from Liverpool

Andy Burnham won the Greater Manchester Mayoral race with 63% of the vote.

By Kameron Virk

The local elections may not have gone the way Labour was hoping for, but it’s not been all bad news for Jeremy Corbyn’s party.

Labour mayors will oversee both Liverpool and Manchester, with Steve Rotheram in charge on Merseyside and Andy Burnham winning in Manchester.

But while that’s probably music to Labour’s ears, to a lot of people it’s a little bit confusing. Burnham is, after all, a Liverpudlian.

Liverpool and Manchester have a rich history, having competed with each other for economic superiority in the north west since the beginning of the industrial revolution.

Now, with a Merseyside-born Mayor of Greater Manchester – and the city’s very first mayor no less – people are smelling a Trojan horse.

For some people, it could be a sign of something much worse than that.

While some are just drinking it in.

Burnham, for his part, has already made a pledge as mayor – to donate 15% of his salary in order to tackle rough sleeping in Manchester.

And the 47-year-old referenced his home city, too.

That’s one way to keep the Mancunians on board.

And if you’re wondering, Mancs, fear not – Burnham supports the blue half of Liverpool.

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