Andy Burnham was elected as Mayor of Greater Manchester in May 2017.
Prior to this Andy was MP for Leigh from 2001. In government, Andy has held Ministerial positions at the Home Office, Department of Health and the Treasury. In 2008 he became Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, before returning to Health as Secretary of State in 2009.
In opposition, Andy served as Shadow Education Secretary, Shadow Health Secretary and Shadow Home Secretary.
Andy lives in Leigh, Greater Manchester, with his wife and three children. He is a keen supporter of Everton FC.
Devolution doesn’t mean more money in the pot. But it does mean having more control over how and where we spend the money we have. It means we can design services and find ways of working that better meet the needs of Greater Manchester and the people that live, work and invest here. It means we can boost our economy and reinvest money back into the region to where it is needed most.
Our plans for devolution are bold, radical and ambitious. Greater Manchester is set to become a major economic and political power, capable of fully supporting the people who live here without the need to rely on central government funding.
Kate Green was elected MP for Stretford and Urmston in May 2010.
Background – Campaigner to her core
Prior to her election Kate was Chief Executive of the Child Poverty Action Group and before that, Director of the National Council for One Parent Families (now Gingerbread).
She is a long standing campaigner against poverty and inequality, and was a member of the National Employment Panel which advised Ministers on labour market policies, and Chair of the London Child Poverty Commission, reporting to the Mayor of London and local councillors. She now chairs the Parliamentary Committee on Standards.
Kate also served as a magistrate for 16 years, and takes a particular interest in the experience of women in the penal system, and how best to rehabilitate them to prevent future reoffending.
Why did you enter politics? What drives you?
I first got involved in the Labour party as a young woman right at the beginning of the 1980’s – because I was angry. Angry at the rise in unemployment. Angry about rising homelessness. Angry that young people had lost confidence in the future, worried they’d never find work.
I’d been fortunate – I’d had a good education and I quickly found a job. But all around me I could see it wasn’t like that for everyone. I wanted to make a difference. I wanted a government that cared about the concerns of ordinary people, that was working for a fairer deal for everyone. I joined the Labour party to campaign for that.
What motivates now? And for Gorse Hill Ward?
Today, it feels like we face many of the same concerns. Again and again, when I’m out talking to residents in Gorse Hill, Old Trafford, Lostock and Stretford, I hear concerns about the future for our young people. Can they afford to go to college, will they get a job, how will they afford their first home? There’s a great community spirit in our area – look at the successes of the Lostock partnership and Gorgeous Gorse Hill, or the community groups working from our churches and mosques. But local people can see that the public services we all rely on are facing savage cuts. And everyone’s worried about future job losses, and changes to our NHS.
It’s a privilege as your MP to speak out for a better deal for everyone here. Since my election, I’ve campaigned on the NHS, support for families and young people, jobs and apprenticeships, to keep our streets properly policed and free from crime. I’ve met hundreds of residents from all ages and backgrounds who’ve talked to me about what we want to see here. Please let me know your views, and if there’s anything I can help with , dont hesitate to get in touch.
I was previously a civil servant primarily working in training with Benefits Agency/DHSS and also spent part of my career working on Welfare Policy in their Leeds headquarters. I live in the ward.
Why did you enter politics?
I was completely opposed to Thatcher’s economic philosophy that the market is everything. I’d always been of the left but hadn’t wanted to be signed up to any formal political party. But it was Thatcher who motivated me to join Labour and I’ve been a member now for nearly 30 years.
Despite the reservations of those early years, I have seen Labour make huge improvements to our country: rebuilding our neglected schools and hospitals. Policing has been massively improved bringing a real transformation to our neighbourhoods. The minimum wage was a long overdue protection.
I actively opposed the Iraq War; but I was hugely in favour of Sure Start and early intervention. The positives have always outweighed the negatives, (with the exception of Iraq) and compared to the other main parties, we have so much to be proud of.
In the end though, I never forget that without Labour we would not have the minimum wage and the NHS would have been privatised.
What motivates now for Gorse Hill ward?
We need a confident Labour Party because there’s a huge job to be done. We must never rejoin the Conservative / UKIP / Lib Dem consensus with regard to the City of London – Labour has to be a counter-balance to the enormous power of these banksters. But we should never be anti-business, we just need to remember that business is about making things and selling them; it’s not a card game where the dealer always ends up with more than they put in.
Gorse Hill Ward is at the forefront of a community response to cuts. I love the self-confidence that permeates the intitiatives of Gorgeous Gorse Hill and Lostock Community Partnership. There’s a clear recognition of what needs to be provided by the Council whilst acknowledging what the communities can do for themselves.
And outside Politics?
Family, Cycling, Music, Manchester City, Guardian, Mowing Lawn, Grapes of Wrath, Friends, Laughter.
Cllr. Laurence Walsh Trafford Town Hall, Talbot Road, Stretford, Manchester M32 8EB.
Current Council Positions
Chair of Planning and Development Control Committee
Member of Standards Committee
Why did you become involved in politics?
I had been an active member of the GMB for many years and it seemed a logical step to join the Labour Party. I am now employed as Postman and a member of the Communications Workers Union.
What are your priorities for the ward?
I see myself first of all as a resident of the Gorse Hill Area. The daily issues of fly tipping, dog fouling and litter are things which make me cross like everyone else.
You will see me out and about regularly litter picking. I first want to make Gorse Hill a more pleasant a place to live. I would like to have more variety of shops in the area and our highways to be improved. There is a “Civic Quarter Master Plan” for the area around the Town Hall; that’s just on our doorstep so I’d like to see some of those benefits & improvements coming our way!
We now have a conservative government with a majority at Westminster. Whatever the Prime minster may say I can tell you our local authority of Trafford Council has a budget stretched to the limit. Austerity continues so we must continue to lobby the government highlighting the effect their policies are having on all council services.
Cllr. David Acton Trafford Town Hall, Talbot Road, Stretford, Manchester M32 0TH.
Background – Politics
I was born in Cadishead in Salford. However I moved to Trafford when I was 5 years of age and have lived in this area ever since.
I really got interested in politics and our communities when my daughters came into the world in my mid 20s. Life and decisions made by politicians seemed much more important to me when I had children and all that extra responsibility of looking after someone other than myself.
My community and neighbours suddenly became really important and I decided I shouldn’t just complain on the sidelines but actually get involved in trying to improve things. That’s the moment I decided to join the Labour Party and get involved in politics. A number of years later I put myself forward as a candidate in the local elections and after 3 attempts I was finally elected as Councillor for Urmston Ward in the late 1980s. I represented Urmston until 2004 when the boundaries were changed. I was duly selected to stand in Gorse Hill and have represented this Ward ever since, and very proud to do so.
What’s your ambition for your ward?
I am passionate in wanting to help to improve our neighbourhood and to help people who need support, particularly those that may have not had the life chances that others maybe have had. Recognising it’s vital for Councillors to represent and support ALL people they represent.
I am also passionate about fighting for values such as justice for all, peace and life chances for everyone.
If you need help and support please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.
I am really angry that the Tories wash their hands of so many precious services and the damage they have done to our country.