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Andy Burnham

Mayor of Greater Manchester

After Our Darkest Of Nights, Manchester Woke To The Most Difficult Of Dawns

It's hard to believe what has happened here in the last few hours and to put into words the shock, anger and hurt that we feel today. These were children, young people and their families that those responsible chose to terrorise and kill. This was an evil act. Our first thoughts are with the families of those killed and injured. And we will do whatever we can to support them. We are grieving today, but we are strong. Today it will be business as usual as far as possible in our great city.
23/05/2017 17:21 BST

Time to End the Disaster of Rail Privatisation

In their final term of 18 years in government, the Tories broke up British Rail, creating the fragmented privatised network that we experience today. They shouldn't have had the chance to commit this vandalism - a Labour Party divided and hampered by the hard left through the 1980s failed to win, and left the way open for this. But we must also accept that the Labour Party of more recent years hasn't been bold enough in reversing the Tory mess.
05/08/2015 18:32 BST

A Two Generations Budget, Cementing the Divide Between Young and Old

The way this Budget divides young and old is everything that's wrong with Westminster politics. Life has got much harder for young people and there seems to be no recognition of that or any attempt to correct it. I'm standing to lead Labour and take my party out of that bubble. Under my leadership, Labour will help everyone get on in life and not leave the younger generation behind.
09/07/2015 09:45 BST

Labour Must Speak to Every Corner of the Country If We Are to Win Again

The fact is that the hopes of people at all levels of society are pretty much the same: a secure job; a decent home; a good standard of living; prospects for their kids; and proper care for their parents. But the reality of life in 21st century Britain is that, for far too many people, these dreams are dying. Labour's modern mission must be to revive them. We need to select a Leader who can change our Party so that we can win in 2020 and change Britain.
18/06/2015 09:01 BST

Jeremy Hunt Is Playing a Dangerous Game

For political reasons, Jeremy Hunt has turned this whole issue into a crisis of primary care. The trouble is he has a real crisis in A&E that isn't going away - and the measures he is proposing won't solve it, as the advice from NHS England makes clear. In fact, by focusing his department's attention on the wrong target, he could make matters even worse.
25/05/2013 15:19 BST

Reshaping the Education System is our Collective Challenge

From this morning, young people will begin to feel the full impact of this Government's education policies. As A Level results are handed out, tens of thousands could miss out on a University place and will need to take agonising decisions about whether to reapply next year and face an extra £15,000 bill.
17/08/2011 15:05 BST