Candidates face off in Granada Reports' Greater Manchester mayoral debate

  • Debate hosted by ITV Granada's Political Correspondent Hannah Miller

Three candidates vying to become the next Mayor of Greater Manchester have faced off in a fiery debate hosted by Granada Reports.

Andy Burnham (Lab), Laura Evans (Con) and Simon Lepori (Lib Dem) were quizzed on issues around policing, housing and transport.

Next month, people across the city region will go to the polls to select the candidate they want to see running key services across Greater Manchester.

What is a Metro Mayor?

  • The Greater Manchester Mayor will be the directly elected leader of the Greater Manchester combined authority.

  • They'll be responsible for matters in Wigan, Bolton, Salford, Trafford, Bury, Manchester, Rochdale, Oldham, Tameside and Stockport

  • Transport, policing, housing, fire services, waste management and strategic planning all fall into their brief.


Whoever wins this election will be responsible for policing in Greater Manchester. That includes hiring and firing Chief Constables and holding officers to account. It comes after a difficult few years for the force, which has seen a change of leadership.

The force has had to cope with losing around 2000 officers since 2010.


The number of people sleeping rough on Greater Manchester's streets has fallen in the last four years. But for many people, finding a safe and secure home remains very much on their mind.

There were plans to build thousands of home around the city region on green belt land, but that was voted down by councillors, including Liberal Democrats and Conservatives.

It means the city still has a huge lack of social housing.


Greater Manchester is destined to become the first place outside of London to take control of it's public transport system.

So how exactly will it work?

  • Tickets will be able to used on all buses and trams

  • Passengers can tap in/tap off on every journey (London style)

  • There'll be a single source of information for all public transport

  • Buses will still be operated by private companies, but the Greater Manchester Combined Authority will be in charge of fares, timetables and routes

  • Buses will all look the same

  • The changes will take place in three phases

It's hoped that by making transport more connected, fewer cars will be on the roads, bringing air pollution down.

A full list of candidates standing on the 6th May