A tale of two cities – Andy Burnham’s Brexit challenge

The Manchester Mayoral Election may not have much resonance outside of the North screen-shot-2017-02-15-at-16-29-58West.

But in the city where the TUC, Marx and Engels and the Suffragettes took their life, their blood and their fight from, Manchester is under no orders to do this quietly.

And while upheaval seems unlikely to engender itself in the form of an upset – say a party other than Labour fielding the winning candidate – it’s a lot of work for anyone.

Especially a man like Andy Burnham, so well known for his association with Labour past – and, by some, ill-regarded for his seeming lack of opposition to Jeremy Corbyn’s damaged regime.

For the New Statesman, he told me how angry he gets at those who criticise his Labour loyalty – and says he’s the only candidate fighting for the future of the region and its young people.

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