Who Could Rival Boris Johnson In Manchester? Eight People Who Could Be Mayor

23/06/2014 15:04 BST | Updated 23/06/2014 15:59 BST
London's mayor Boris Johnson gives a thumbs up as he sits in a concept car Karsan Concept V1 during a media event to announce the development for a new greener taxi for the streets of London Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. Johnson announced that all taxis will be required to be zero emission capable from Jan. 1, 2018, five companies will be working with Transport for London to develop the next generation of cabs.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Manchester needs a mayor with the "clout" of London's Boris Johnson to drive growth and development up north, according to George Osborne.

The Chancellor made the argument on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme, saying: "In this country we have some great cities, but none are on the scale of the global city that is London."

Osborne's call for Manchester to get its very own Boris got us thinking - who could have the clout to be a suitable mayor for Manchester? HuffPostUK has narrowed it down to the top eight candidates.

Who could be mayor of Manchester?