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.
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.
Congratulations to Andy Burnham, who has served the Labour Party as a fine, campaigning MP and will do the same as Manchester's new Mayor.— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) May 5, 2017
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.
Andy Burnham the moment the Manchester mayoral result is announced, except he's sprouting a comedy Scouse wig and 'tache pic.twitter.com/Y5g3Dm8HbP— tom (@malaiseforever) May 5, 2017
Operation Manchester a complete success they now have a scouse mayor. Well done Andy Burnham. pic.twitter.com/4I2pXRjSLo— Jay Johnson (@jayjohno1) May 5, 2017
For some people, it could be a sign of something much worse than that.
I'm sure a scouse Mayor of Manchester was one of the portents of the Apocalypse in the Book of Revelation— Bethany Black (@BeffernieBlack) May 5, 2017
While some are just drinking it in.
Manchester has a Scouse mayor. 😂😂😂😂— Peter Thompson (@P_G_Thompson) May 5, 2017
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.
Wow. Andy Burnham has said he will donate 15% of his £110,000 salary to tackling rough sleeping in Manchester! - Amazing stuff!— Shehab Khan (@ShehabKhan) May 5, 2017
And the 47-year-old referenced his home city, too.
Andy Burnham wins 63% of the vote, notes his pal Steve Rotherham only won with 59%. Says "today it's Manchester 1, Liverpool nil".— Helen Pidd (@helenpidd) May 5, 2017
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.