Andy Burnham is nominated as Labour’s candidate for Manchester mayor

Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham has been chosen by the Labour Party to stand as the directly elected mayor of Manchester.

Mr Burnham paid tribute to the other candidates, Bury MP Ivan Lewis and current interim mayor Tony Lloyd, and also praised Sir Howard Bernstein, the current chief executive of Manchester City Council.

He said: “[He] showed my generation of politicians that we could have high hopes for what Greater Manchester could be in the future. I will seek to carry that flame forward.”

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