23/06/2014 11:04 BST | Updated 23/06/2014 11:59 BST

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

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Mayor of London Boris Johnson gives a speech as he attends the inaugural London Music Awards which took place at The Roundhouse on June 11, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for London Music Awards)

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?