Manchester's new metro mayor Andy Burnham announces his senior team

Andy Burnham unveils his new team Credit: Granada Reports

The new mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has announced his two deputy mayors.

The former Leigh MP confirmed Sir Richard Leese will be deputy for business and economy, with Baroness Beverley Hughes in the role for policing and crime.

Cllr Rishi Shori was also announced as portfolio holder for young people and social cohesion.

All three are senior figures within regional politics, with Sir Richard leading Manchester City Council and serving as vice chair and economic lead for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority which represents the region’s 10 town halls.

Baroness Hughes was MP for Stretford and Urmston between 1997 and 2010, also spending several years in Government as minister of state for children, young people and their families.

Cllr Shori takes on the young people’s brief in the mayoral team as leader of Bury Council. He also chairs the GM Police and Crime Panel.

Mr Burnham swept to victory in the first round of the region’s inaugural mayoral election, taking 63 per cent of the vote. Unveiling the team members, Mr Burnham said: “Come and help us build Greater Manchester. Help us shape the new North.”

Manchester's newly elected mayor Andy Burnham Credit: Granada Reports