Council

Andy Burnham elected first Mayor of Greater Manchester as Labour also retains Broadheath ward

By David Prior at

Andy Burnham has been elected the first Mayor of Greater Manchester.

The former Leigh MP and Labour minister won every borough, picking up 63.4% of the vote, with Trafford Council leader Sean Anstee second with a 23% share.

Here are the results in full:

Sean Anstee (Conservative) – 128,752
Mohammad Aslam (Independent) – 5,815
Jane Brophy (Liberal Democrats) – 34,334
Andy Burnham (Labour) – 359,352
Marcus Farmer (Independent) – 3,360
Stephen Morris (English Democrats) – 11,115
Shneur Odze (UKIP) – 10,583
Will Patterson (Green Party) – 13,424

And the results in the Trafford borough:

Sean Anstee (Conservative) – 19,262
Mohammad Aslam (Independent) – 354
Jane Brophy (Liberal Democrats) – 5,359
Andy Burnham (Labour) – 35,492
Marcus Farmer (Independent) – 283
Stephen Morris (English Democrats) – 845
Shneur Odze (UKIP) – 629
Will Patterson (Green Party) – 1,412

In his victory speech, Burnham pledged to help the homeless of Manchester.

He said: “It saddens everyone here that the streets of Greater Manchester are providing the canvas for this unequal picture.

“Westminster has created a crisis in politics. We can hold as many general elections as we like but that will never solve the problem. Greater Manchester is going to take control.”

It meant a doubly good day for Labour in the borough after Amy Whyte was named Broadheath’s new councillor earlier today.

Whyte, who lives in Broadheath with her husband and three children, won 2,086 votes, ahead of Dave Morgan (Conservative) with 1,778 and Simon Latham (Lib Dem) on 271.

Amy Whyte after the result was announced in the early hours of this morning

The by-election was called after Labour councillor Louise Dagnall stepped down in March due to ill health.

The by-election was called after ward member and Labour councillor Louise Dagnall stepped down in March, due to ill health.

Whyte said: “I am overwhelmed by the support from the people of Broadheath. I am really surprised at the level of support and delighted with the results.

“I want to carry on fighting for services in Broadheath and I want to continue to hold the Tories to account for the cuts they are making.”