In a bid to tackle homelessness and win this year’s Mayoral elections, Andy Burnham has said he would put aside 15% of his salary.
This cash donation would be kept aside in order to kick-start a new mayoral fund, granted he wins the elections this May.
With the hope of individual and organisation donations, this fund will prosper and work towards the homeless crisis in Manchester.
“To be selected as Labour’s candidate for the first elected mayor of Greater Manchester is a great honour and I thank our members for the faith they have shown in me”, he said.
“I will repay it by devoting all my energy to uniting the Labour family here, working to win back the voters we have lost and building a policy programme with broad appeal. I will bring forward real answers to our housing crisis and give new hope to our young people”.
Winning 51% of the party vote, Burnham beat Tony Lloyd, the police and crime commissioner and interim mayor. Lloyd received just 29% of the party votes.
The elections, which will take place in the spring, will see Burnham compete against Conservative candidate and Trafford council leader, Sean Anstee. Also in the mayoral running is Liberal Democrat, Jane Brophy, English Democrat, Stephen Morris, UKIP representative, Shneur Odze and Green representative, Will Patterson.