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Andy Burnham calls for ‘collective spirit in politics’ during Glastonbury festival appearance

Andy Burnham has called for ‘collective spirit in politics’ while appearing at Glastonbury festival. The Mayor of Greater Manchester received an ovation from the crowd while taking part in a panel discussion in the Left Field tent on Saturday. Calling for a ‘rewiring’ of the British political system, Burnham said: “Britain needs to gets rid of the old ways, get around a table and agree a programme for political change, a collaborative spirit. Then we’ll have a progressive government at the next general election.” He went on to say: “Good, safe housing should be a general rule in this country. Social...
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Mayor Andy Burnham leads anniversary tributes to Manchester Arena attack victims

Mayor Andy Burnham is among those paying tribute to victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack on the five-year anniversary.The city is marking the anniversary free of coronavirus restrictions for the first time in three years.The commemorations on Sunday include church bells tolling at 10.31pm – the time a bomb was detonated at the Ariana Grande concert on May 22 2017.Remembrance services will also take place at the Glade of Light Memorial by the cathedral in the city centre.Meanwhile, more than 20,000 racers in Sunday’s Great Manchester Run were applauding the 22 victims ahead of the starting pistol.Mayor Mr Burnham...
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Greater Manchester’s clean air zone will not charge, says Andy Burnham – if government agrees

No vehicles will be charged to enter Greater Manchester’s new clean air zone if the government agrees, Andy Burnham has confirmed, three months after he paused the scheme which had been set to levy fees on older buses, lorries and taxis.The new proposals will instead see more incentives offered for drivers and businesses to replace high emissions vehicles, including grants and potential tax breaks, the region’s mayor said.“The red line is we will not accept a charging clean air zone in Greater Manchester,” Mr Burnham said in a statement. “If that is what the government wants, it will have to...
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Andy Burnham shuns plan to charge road users to clean up air pollution

Plans to charge road users in Greater Manchester to clean up air pollution have been dropped if the Government agrees, Andy Burnham confirmed on Friday. Mr Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, announced new proposals for a non-charging zone, which will have to be agreed by government, with incentives for old and polluting vehicles to be eligible for grants to replace them.
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Andy Burnham claims Manchester-Jamaica flights cheaper than train to London

The mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has triggered a furious reaction from supporters of the rail industry after posting a tweet comparing the top-price ticket from Manchester to London with a range of long-haul air fares.He tweeted: “Return tickets from Manchester:India: £343Jamaica: £345Brazil: £325Ivory Coast: £319London (rail): £369”The highest Anytime return fare on Avanti West Coast between the two cities is £369.40, and applies during morning peak hours, as well as afternoon peak hours from London, from Monday to Thursday. At other times the Off-peak fare of £98.10 covers the journey.Some people responded to Mr Burnham with assertions of...
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Measures brought in to ease Manchester Airport chaos, says Andy Burnham

A string of measures have been brought in to ease disruption at Manchester Airport, said Andy Burnham.The Mayor of Greater Manchester met with airport bosses after weeks of chaos for travellers who faced long delays with queues trailing outside terminals to reach check-in and lengthy waits at security and luggage collection.He said the situation was “unacceptable” but conceded the problem would not disappear overnight.The airport, along with much of the aviation industry, has struggled to recruit staff made redundant after the pandemic shut down airports and travel.As the Easter getaway increases travel, similar problems have hit other airports including Heathrow and...
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Police could be called in to tackle Manchester Airport chaos, says Andy Burnham

Police could be called in to assist in handling the chaotic scenes witnessed at Manchester airport in recent days, Andy Burnham has said.The mayor of Greater Manchester made the comments following a weekend that saw the UK’s third busiest airport overwhelmed by passengers, with hours-long waits, queue-jumping and even claims that fights had broken out between frustrated travellers.Mr Burnham is set to meet airport chiefs today to seek reassurance and offer his support.“I have been in touch with colleagues at Greater Manchester Police at the weekend to see what we can do to support the airport,” he said.”It's a...
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Liverpool vs Man City: Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram call for Wembley FA Cup semi-final switch

Two prominent north-west politicians have joined calls for the FA Cup semi-final between Manchester City and Liverpool to be moved away from Wembley.Supporters groups from both clubs have complained about having to travel to London for the last-four clash over the Easter weekend, when no direct trains to the capital are available from either city due to engineering works.Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram, the mayors of Greater Manchester and the Liverpool city region respectively, have now written a joint letter to the FA calling for a rethink and offered to help facilitate a venue change. They say fans have been...
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Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram join calls for City-Liverpool semi-final switch

Two prominent north-west politicians have joined calls for the FA Cup semi-final between Manchester City and Liverpool to be moved away from Wembley. Supporters groups from both clubs have complained about having to travel to London for the last-four clash over the Easter weekend, when no direct trains to the capital are available from either city due to engineering works.
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Greater Manchester’s clean air zone should not charge any vehicle, says Andy Burnham in U-turn

No vehicles should be charged to enter Greater Manchester’s new Clean Air Zone, Andy Burnham has said in a major U-turn following months of protests.The roll-out of the 500 square mile CAZ – the biggest in Europe – was paused last month amid growing fears it could put thousands of businesses and jobs at risk across the region.The scheme would have seen high-emission vehicles, including older buses, lorries and private hire cabs, charged up to £60 a day to drive within the zone from May.But Greater Manchester mayor Mr Burnham – who had been trying to drive forward the implementation...
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Andy Burnham criticises Clean Air Zone claims about his wife

The Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has said claims linking his wife's finances and the region's Clean Air Zone plan are "disgraceful". The scheme, which would see some high-emission vehicles - but not private cars - face charges, has been delayed after it had been due to start in May.
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