Leigh MP Andy Burnham provided a political masterclass on the newly-created role of Greater Manchester Mayor to enthusiastic students at the town’s college.
Mr Burnham visited Leigh College to highlight the importance of the role of Greater Manchester Mayor and the influence young people can have on the decisions being made in Government.
I’m putting young people at the heart of my mayoral campaign.Andy Burnham
The Labour candidate and favourite for the newly created and powerful role visited the group of A-level and vocational students to inform them of the importance of voting and the new position of a soon to be elected mayor.
He urged the college’s young people to stand up and be counted, encouraging all students to vote and have their voices heard, while sharing with students the story how he started in politics and the decisions and roles he has been involved in during his 15 years of service to Leigh.
The masterclass concluded with a question and answer sessions where students asked Mr Burnham questions on world politics, his proposed mayoral plans, Brexit and his achievements so far.
The new post will also see the mayor responsible for £2bn of funding which was previously administered by central government.
Mr Burnham said: “I’m putting young people at the heart of my mayoral campaign. Unlike Westminster, which has made them the target for cuts, I will make them the priority for investment.
“I want a Greater Manchester where we invest in the early years to make all kids school-ready at age four and where all teenagers have real hope that there is a bright future waiting for them at the end of school, with apprenticeships for those who get the grades.”
Shannon Holt, Wigan and Leigh College’s students’ union president, added: “Andy’s story has inspired me to consider a career in politics. Like many other students I am intrigued by his entrance into politics, the decisions he’s made and what he stands for. It was a pleasure to meet Andy and his visit has certainly encouraged me to have my voice heard.”