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Metro Mayors to begin work

Mayor Burnham's work begins Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/PA Images

The North West's two new metro mayors begin their work today. Andy Burnham's first act in Greater Manchester will be launching a homelessness fund to end rough sleeping by 2020. The former Leigh MP says he will donate 15% of his salary to kickstart the fund. Mayor Burnham revealed three members of his senior team at the weekend. Meanwhile, Labour colleague Steve Rotheram will be meeting local council leaders in the Liverpool City Region. Mayor Rotheram will be in Wirral to sign his acceptance of office. Both mayors have been elected to serve for the next three years.

Labour leader and new Mayor celebrate - separately

It appears Andy Burnham was so keen to celebrate his victory in Manchester's mayoral election, he couldn't even wait for his party leader to arrive. Reporters were told Jeremy Corbyn would meet up with the triumphant new Mayor in Manchester. When he arrived Mr Burnham and his team couldn't be found

The Labour leader earlier met Liverpool's new metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and said the country should learn from Merseyside. After heavy losses in council elections across the UK party members were determined to highlight their success in the North West. So Mr Corbyn carried on with his visit without the man of the moment.

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WATCH: We ask you what you think should be the Metro Mayors' first priority

As the two Metro Mayor winners prepare to start work - what should be their very first job? Our cameras have been out and about getting your views.

WATCH: We speak to Steve Rotheram shortly after his Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor victory

Tony Morris spoke to Steve Rotheram shortly after his victory, before the Manchester result was in. Tony began by asking if he could truly represent an area where so few voters have turned out.

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Andy Burnham: This is an historic day for Greater Manchester

Labour's Andy Burnham has been elected at Greater Manchester Metro Mayor. In his speech he thanked those who had campaigned on his behalf and said it was an "historic day for Greater Manchester".

Burnham also poked fun at his Liverpool counterpart Steve Rotheram, after securing a larger percentage of the vote, the new Greater Manchester Metro Mayor hinted at the football rivalry between the two cities saying it was "Manchester 1 - Liverpool 0".

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