Andy Burnham MP has been selected as the Labour nominee for the role of Greater Manchester mayor, beating interim mayor Tony Lloyd and MP for Bury South, Ivan Lewis.
The public election will take place in May 2017. As yet, no other candidates have declared they will stand against the Labour candidate. Burnham is MP for Leigh and shadow home secretary, and if he becomes mayor is expected to step down from his position in parliament.
The creation of a directly elected mayor for Greater Manchester was agreed as part of the devolution deal agreed with then Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne in 2014. The mayor will lead the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, and will have a vote on policymaking and decisions over planning, housing and transport alongside the other 10 GM local authorities.
The turnout was 7,564, or 65.3% of the local Labour party membership. Burnham gained 3,792 or 50.1% of the vote, followed by Lloyd on 2,163 and Lewis with 1,472.
Many of the most important decisions such as on the emerging statutory spatial framework – the powerful planning blueprint which will set housing targets and define development boundaries – will require a unanimous 11 votes in order to be passed.
As part of his campaign, Burnham promised to purchase run-down houses using money from the £300m Greater Manchester housing fund, and then offer them to tenants as part of a rent-to-own scheme.
In his acceptance speech for the candidacy today, Burnham said he would “bring forward real answers to our housing crisis”.
Tony Lloyd was elected interim mayor in June last year, with no formal powers to vote at board meetings.
The Labour candidate for the Liverpool City Region is due to be announced tomorrow.