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‘This is not a lockdown’, Andy Burnham says as Greater Manchester residents told to ‘minimise travel’

Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has told residents in the city that new Covid guidance issued by the government is "not a lockdown" but that people should be "careful" and aim to minimise travel amid a surge in new infections.Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday after ministers announced additional help for Greater Manchester and parts of Lancashire to help curb the spread of the Delta variant first identified in India, Labour’s Mr Burnham insisted the plans did not ammount to a “ban” on travel. "This is guidance, it is advice to the public. It is not a lockdown", Mr Burnham...
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Indian variant: Andy Burnham urges people not to ‘rip up plans’ over confusing Covid-19 travel advice

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham says people in Covid-19 hotspots should not “rip up plans” travel plans in areas in England worst-hit by Indian variant. Confusion reigned in Covid-19 hotspots earlier this week as the Government issued advice to residents in areas such as Bolton to “avoid travelling in and out of” their local area, and only travel elsewhere for essential trips like school or work.
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Andy Burnham: unlikely heir to the left’s leadership ambitions?

Inevitably there has been speculation about the future of the current Labour leader in the face of a ruinous set of local election results for the party, including the loss of the Hartlepool byelection. Now the idea of Andy Burnham as the next leader of the party is gaining traction after an impressive performance in the Manchester mayoral election. One poll found he would be the favourite to replace Keir Starmer, ahead of Sadiq Khan.
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Andy Burnham launches Manchester digital inclusion drive

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham is aiming to tackle digital exclusion in the city after figures from Ofcom suggest that up to 1.2 million residents may be digitally excluded. The mayor has launched a digital inclusion action network, which will focus on ensuring that target groups, such as the under-25s,...
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Andy Burnham: ‘Red Wall’ seats would have been safer under my leadership, Greater Manchester mayor says

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has said Labour would not have lost so many seats in its traditional northern heartlands if he had defeated Jeremy Corbyn in the party’s 2015 leadership election.The former Labour leadership candidate made the claim during an interview with The Observer, in which he admitted that he would run for the leadership again after the next election if he had enough support.Mr Burnham unsuccessfully ran twice to be Labour leader in 2010 and 2015 before becoming the first elected mayor of Greater Manchester.He told The Observer that he believed he would have been more successful...

Andy Burnham says ‘red wall’ seats would have been safer under his leadership

Andy Burnham says Labour would not have lost as many northern seats to the Tories in the last election had he won the 2015 leadership contest instead of Jeremy Corbyn. The mayor of Greater Manchester said he would not be returning to Westminster “any time soon”, but made it clear he would run for the post of leader a third time after the next election if he had enough support.
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Covid vaccine: Andy Burnham urges authorities to give jab to all over-16s amid India variant surge

Health chiefs in Greater Manchester have requested permission to vaccinate everyone over the age of 16 after a sudden surge in Covid-19 cases among young people in Bolton.Andy Burnham, the region’s mayor, said he and officials had made the plea amid concerns the spike – seemingly driven by the India variant – could grow out of control without decisive action.“I can report that Greater Manchester has submitted for consideration to the JCVI [Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation] a request that we have permission to vaccinate all over 16s in Bolton and more widely,” he said. “That request has...

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Brexit is a new reality that needs to be embraced’, Andy Burnham tells TLE

Andy Burnham said the UK is “drawing a line” under Brexit after Leave-voting Hartlepool replaced Labour with the Conservatives in the by-election last week. The Manchester mayor, who was re-elected last week with a massive 67.3 per cent of the vote, was asked whether reviving industrial regions in the UK could drive a movement to rejoin the EU by The London Economic at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Andy Burnham: Labour need to stop civil wars

The Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham says the party should be celebrating its success in devolved government, rather than a "pointless and destructive" civil war between the right and left of the party. Mr Burnham tweeted over the weekend that he disagreed with the sacking of Angela Raynor as Labour's...
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Labour has been ‘too cautious’ under Starmer, Andy Burnham warns

Labour has been "too cautious" under Sir Keir Starmer and has been penalised for it at the ballot box, one of the party’s victors in last week’s elections has suggested. Andy Burnham, the re-elected mayor of Greater Manchester, said Labour should have set out more clearly how much it believes nurses and care workers should be paid.He also accused his party of failing to back him sufficiently last autumn when he battled plans by Boris Johnson’s government to pay people in his area on furlough 67 per cent of their wages. Mr Burnham’s vocal in his condemnation of the proposals,...