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Burnham launches mayoral campaign

Andy Burnham Credit: pa

Andy Burnham will lay out his vision for local politics if he's successful in his bid to become Mayor of Greater Manchester. The inaugural election will take place on the 4th of May.sneur Mr Burnham is currently the Labour MP for Leigh. He will launch Labour's ground campaign with a speech to a rally of party activists at the Mechanics Institute in Manchester city centre. Here's a full list of all the candidates:

  • Sean Anstee - Conservative
  • Jane Brophy - Liberal Democrat
  • Andy Burnham - Labour
  • Stephen Morris - English Democrat
  • Shneur Odze - UKIP

Former Green Party leader pays tribute to Deyika Nzeribe

Deyika Nzeribe

Former leader of the Green Party Natalie Bennett has spoken exclusively to ITV Granada to pay tribute to Greater Manchester Mayoral candidate Deyika Nzeribe who has died of a heart attack at the age of 50.

Deyika was a former chair of the party's Manchester branch when Natalie was leader.

She said:

I knew Deyika Nzeribe very well. He was the chair of the Green Party's Manchester branch when I was leader and he organised a number of visits.

As well as being a key [Green Party] figure, he was a gentle, passionate and caring man. He cared deeply for his three children, but he also cared about the wider community and the environment.

He dedicated his life to others and always put others before himself. He was interested in people and he genuinely cared.

– Natalie Bennett

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Tributes to Manchester Mayor Green Party candidate who has died

The Green Party's popular candidate Greater Manchester mayoral elections has died of a heart attack at the age of 50.

Deyika Nzeribe, 50, was a former chair of the party's Manchester branch and had stood at several local elections.

The father-of-three and long-time green community activist, from Hulme, launched his campaign in October.

Andy Burnham accuses government of misleading public over social care money

Labour's candidate for Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham says the government misled the public on new money that was announced for social care.

The former health secretary says one in three English councils is facing cuts in Government support next year putting more pressure on social care budgets. Mr Burnham said Salford will be the second worst hit in the country, facing cuts of 2 point 3 million pounds. He's calling on the Prime Minister to intervene.

The Government says Mr Burnham's comments are disappointing and that long-term reform is needed to make social care budgets sustainable.

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Watch: We spend Mad Friday with paramedics

The windy weather probably won't deter the thousands who'll be out on the town tonight enjoying the extended holiday many get as Christmas falls on a weekend.

It will be far from festive for the paramedics dealing with those who drink too much.

Assaults on ambulance staff are on the rise.

Our correspondent Amy Welch spent last Friday night with one of the rapid response crews in Manchester.

Stagecoach strike called off

Stagecoach has confirmed that planned strike action that was due to take place over Christmas has been postponed.

Stagecoach bus drivers on Merseyside announced they were to go on strike for two weeks.

The Unite union said 120 bus drivers, based at Stagecoach Rock Ferry garage, will walk out for a fortnight on Wednesday, December 28, in a long-running dispute over pay.

Planned strike action which was due to take place between Wednesday 28 December and Tuesday 3 January, affecting Stagecoach bus services, has been called off.

Strike action is still planned from Wednesday January 4. However we expect to run the majority of services as normal during any strike action. Further details about planned service levels will be released nearer the time.

– Stagecoach spokesperson
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