Burnham to run for Greater Manchester mayor

Voting by local party members closed on Friday 5 August, and candidates on the shortlist included Bury South MP Ivan Lewis and interim mayor Tony Lloyd.

Burnham has been MP for Leigh, Greater Manchester since 2001 and served in the Tony Blair and Gordon Brown governments, holding the posts of culture secretary and health secretary.

The deal for the elected mayor was announced in 2014 and will involve gaining power of transport, social care, housing and police budgets.

The devolved powers were agreed by council leaders with the former chancellor George Osborne, and will give Greater Manchester control of about £2 billion of government funding previously administered from London.

The election is set to take place in May.