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Andy Burnham has served as Member of Parliament for Leigh since 2001 and secured Labour’s nomination for mayoral election after he defeated the interim mayor, Tony Lloyd, with 51 per cent of the vote.
Andy was born in Liverpool, but grew up in Culcheth, a quiet commuter belt village in Cheshire, near Warrington. He attended a local Roman Catholic comprehensive school and went on to study English at Fitzwilliam College Cambridge University.
He worked as a researcher for Labour minister Tessa Jowell and undertook a variety of different parliamentary jobs before standing as an MP at the 2001 election.
Andy was appointed as Chief Secretary to the Treasury in 2007 and later became Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. He also served as Secretary of State for Health and was one of five contenders in the 2010 battle to replace Gordon Brown as Labour leader.
In 2009 as then Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport he spoke at the 20th anniversary Hillsborough memorial service at Anfield, which was attended by around 30,000 people. The minister was barracked and his appearance ensured the call for full disclosure of the unseen Hillsborough files gathered pace.
Twenty-seven years after the disaster, an independent inquest ruled that the 96 football fans who died as a result of a crush in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster were unlawfully killed. During Andy Burnham’s 11-minute speech in the House of Commons after the announcement of the verdict, MPs broke convention to clap as the campaigning Labour MP spoke with power and passion of the end of the cover-up.
In the 2015 Labour leadership election Andy Burnham finished as runner up to Jeremy Corbyn. He served as Shadow Secretary of State for Health in opposition under Corbyn before resigning in October to focus on his bid to become Mayor of Greater Manchester.
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