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Andy Burnham 'considering running for Manchester mayor'

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Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham is considering running for the mayor of Greater Manchester.

His spokesman said he has not yet made a final decision on whether to stand or not, and that he intends to remain in the shadow cabinet even if he does seek the role.

A spokesman for Mr Burnham said: "Approaches have been made to Andy Burnham to give consideration to this role.

"It is early days and no decision has been taken. Whatever the decision, he will continue to serve the leader of the party and stay in the shadow cabinet."

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Hunt: I hope BMA will negotiate constructively

The health secretary has said he hopes the British Medical Association will "take up the offer to talk constructively" over the junior doctors' contracts row.

Jeremy Hunt's comments come after health ministers offered to "pause" imposition of the contract and to reopen talks on all "outstanding issues" - including Saturday pay - if the BMA agreed to halt discussions of possible future strike action.

Mr Hunt said: "The junior doctors committee is meeting on Saturday and we are seeking assurances following that meeting by close of play that they will negotiate constructively on the outstanding areas of disagreement."

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