Burnham Rotheram
Burnham, left, and Rotheram

Second term wins for Burnham, Rotheram

Sarah Townsend

The public has re-elected Labour’s Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram as Mayor of Greater Manchester and Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, respectively, and now they can serve a further three years in post.

The winning mayoral candidates were announced today after voters flocked to the polls on Thursday. This year’s elections saw landslide victories for the two mayors, with Burnham scooping up 473,024 of the votes – 67% of the total 702,784 cast – and Rotheram winnig 198,726 votes.

In Greater Manchester, Burnham was up against eight other candidates: Laura Evans (Conservatives); Simon Lepori (Liberal Democrats); Melanie Horrocks (Green Party); Marcus Farmer (Independent); Stephen Morris (English Democrats); Nick Buckley (Reform UK); Alec Marvel (Independent), and David Sutcliffe (Independent).

In the Liverpool City Region, meanwhile, Rotheram jostled for the mayorship with three others: Jade Marsden from the Conservatives), Gary Cargill from the Green Party and David Newman from the Liberal Democrats.

Burnham has been a popular public figure since he was first elected as Greater Manchester Mayor in 2017. He served in former prime minister Gordon Brown’s cabinet as chief secretary to the Treasury from 2007 to 2008, as culture secretary from 2008 to 2009 and health secretary from 2009 to 2010.

He was later shadow home secretary from 2015 to 2016 and served as an MP for Leigh from 2001 to 2017.

Among his recent campaign pledges were to re-publicise the Greater Manchester bus network – something the Greater Manchester Combined Authority approved in March following several rounds of consultation – secure greater financial and political powers for the city-region from Whitehall, build more affordable housing, tackle homelessness and create a greener economy.

Rotheram, meanwhile, has served as Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region since 2017 and was previously MP for Liverpool Walton for seven years from 2010. Born in Liverpool, he set up his own company at the age of 22 while working as a bricklayer.

He later represented Fazakerley ward as a councillor at Liverpool City Council and served as the Lord Mayor of Liverpool from 2008 to 2009. He was a secretary to former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Like Burnham, Rotheram has pledged to create a London-style public transport system for the Liverpool City Region, build 25,000 new homes, capitalise on the renewable energy potential of the River Mersey, tackle homelessness and boost skills among local people.

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Good luck to both these guys! And well done

By David