After being elected to Greater Manchester’s Metro Mayor, Andy Burnham has gone straight to work, announcing the appointment of two deputies. Burnham won with 63 percent of the vote yesterday. He has named his deputy for business and economy as Sir Richard Leese and his deputy for policing and crime as Baroness Beverley Hughes. Andy Burnham’s new role means he will be in charge of transport, housing and police budgets. He is set to receive a salary of £110,000 a year Baroness Beverley Hughes was MP for Stretford and Urmston between 1997 and 2010. She also spent several years as minister of state for children, young people and their families, reports ITV News.
While Sir Richard Leese is Manchester Council’s leader. He won a knighthood for reviving the city following the 1996 IRA bomb. The former teacher was first elected as a councillor in 1984. Counsellor Rishi Shori was also announced as a portfolio holder for young people and social cohesion. Shori is leader of Bury Council and is also chair of the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Panel.