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About our 2024 Greater Manchester Mayoral Election news

Latest news on the 2024 Greater Manchester mayoral election, providing comprehensive coverage of candidates Andy Burnham, Laura Evans, Hannah Spencer, Jake Austin, Dan Barker, key issues, polls, and results.

The 2024 Greater Manchester mayoral election, scheduled for 2 May 2024, will determine who leads the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. Incumbent Labour Co-op Mayor Andy Burnham, first elected in 2017 and re-elected in 2021 with 67% of the vote, is seeking a third term. Main challengers include Conservative Laura Evans, Green Party's Hannah Spencer, Liberal Democrat Jake Austin, and Reform UK's Dan Barker, a former Conservative candidate.

Key campaign issues include transport, with Burnham's introduction of the Bee Network integrated bus and tram system, as well as the scrapped Clean Air Zone (CAZ) plan. Burnham has pledged never to introduce a CAZ charge, while Reform UK's Barker promises to remove the installed cameras. Other topics of debate are housing, with Burnham's "Good Landlord Charter," and public safety.

The election has sparked lively discussions across Greater Manchester's ten boroughs: Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, and Wigan. Local issues and concerns are at the forefront, with candidates engaging communities through events and canvassing. Independent candidate Nick Buckley has called for Bolton to leave Greater Manchester and join Lancashire.

Established in 2017, the Greater Manchester mayoralty has become a prominent political position, with significant powers over transport, housing, policing, adult education, and a £30 million annual investment fund. The mayor also serves as the police and crime commissioner for Greater Manchester Police. In 2021, the election was closely watched as a bellwether for national politics.

As the 2024 Greater Manchester mayoral election draws near, our NewsNow feed keeps you informed with the latest breaking news, insightful analysis, and key updates from reliable sources. We track the candidates, issues, and public opinion to provide a comprehensive overview of this crucial election for the region's future. Follow our feed to stay ahead of the curve and make an informed decision on 2 May.

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