35 Facts About Andy Burnham

1. Andy Burnham will be replaced by Tony Adams as the next president of the league in the summer of 2019.

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2. In December 2017 it was announced that Andy Burnham will succeed Dean Andrew as president of the Rugby Football League in July 2018.

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3. Andy Burnham was the honorary chairman of Leigh Centurions for a short time and is an honorary vice-president.

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4. Andy Burnham married Marie-France van Heel, who is Dutch, in 2000, having been in a relationship since university.

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5. Andy Burnham has a brother, Nick, who is the principal of Cardinal Newman College, Preston.

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6. Andy Burnham feels the government does not invest enough money in the North of England.

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7. Andy Burnham views devolution of powers to Greater Manchester as an opportunity for urban regeneration.

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8. Andy Burnham is a strong supporter of devolving power from Westminster.

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9. Andy Burnham is a supporter of LGBT rights and voted in favour of same-sex marriage in 2013.

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10. Andy Burnham responded to the Manchester Arena bombing on 23 May 2017, calling it an "evil act", while praising the "best immediate response" of local people, and thanking the emergency services.

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11. Andy Burnham was elected to the new role of Mayor of Greater Manchester on 5 May 2017.

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12. Andy Burnham was selected as the Labour candidate in August 2016.

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13. Andy Burnham said that if the Government did not set up an Investigation into the scandal that he would refer his evidence to the Police.

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14. Andy Burnham attracted press criticism for claiming £17,000 a year from the taxpayer to rent a London flat, despite owning another within walking distance of the House of Commons.

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15. Andy Burnham stressed the need to unite the party and country and "rediscover the beating heart of Labour.

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16. On 13 May 2015, Andy Burnham announced that he would stand to replace Ed Miliband in the 2015 leadership election.

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17. Andy Burnham argued for moving the education system back towards a comprehensive system.

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18. In October 2010, Andy Burnham was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Education and election co-ordinator for the Labour Party.

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19. Andy Burnham made key policy commitments to the creation of a National Care Service and called for inheritance tax to be replaced with a land value tax.

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20. Andy Burnham held the post until the Labour government resigned after the 2010 general election.

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21. Andy Burnham was again promoted becoming Secretary of State for Health in June 2009.

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22. In 2014 when Andy Burnham spoke at the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster he was cheered and applauded by the crowd.

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23. In late 2008, Andy Burnham announced government plans to tighten controls on internet content in order to "even up" what he claimed was an imbalance with TV regulations.

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24. Andy Burnham was promoted to serve in the Government after the 2005 election as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, with responsibility for implementing the Identity Cards Act 2006.

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25. Andy Burnham secured selection to contest the seat at the next general election.

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26. Andy Burnham joined the Transport and General Workers' Union in 1995.

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27. Andy Burnham joined the Labour Party in 1984 when he was 14.

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28. Andy Burnham was born in Old Roan in Aintree, Lancashire, in 1970, the son of a telephone engineer father and receptionist mother.

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29. In May 2016 Andy Burnham announced his candidacy to become Labour's candidate for the Greater Manchester Mayoralty and was selected in August 2016.

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30. Andy Burnham launched his campaign to succeed Miliband in the resulting September 2015 leadership election.

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31. Andy Burnham served as Shadow Secretary of State for Health until late 2010, when he was moved by Miliband to become Shadow Secretary of State for Education.

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32. In 2006, Andy Burnham was moved to become a Minister of State at the Department of Health.

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33. Andy Burnham was promoted to serve in the Government after the 2005 election as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Home Office.

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34. Andy Burnham worked as a researcher for Tessa Jowell from 1994 to 1997, then working for the NHS Confederation in 1997 and as an administrator for the Football Task Force in 1998.

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35. Andy Burnham was previously the Member of Parliament for Leigh from 2001 to 2017.

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