Andy Burnham has been re-elected as the mayor of Greater Manchester in a landslide victory.
The 51-year-old was backed by 67.3 per cent of voters to continue as the region’s mayor for another term.
Labour candidate Paul Dennett, the self-titled ‘sensible socialist’, was also re-elected in the Salford city mayoral election, with 59 per cent of the votes.
The Labour mayor had to pause to wipe away tears as he thanked his family during an emotional victory speech.
He said his three priorities were “better jobs, better homes and better transport”.
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Last year his confrontation with the government over coronavirus restrictions in Greater Manchester saw him being dubbed “the King of the North” by one of the city’s bars.
A Greater Manchester brewery also released a new IPA in tribute to the mayor. They said:
“Mirroring the spirit of Andy Burnham sticking up for his region, we want to back our sector too and do something to help, that’s why a percentage of sales from the ‘King of the North’ will be donated to hospitality charities.”