Sean Anstee, the Trafford Council leader, is in a bid to win the Greater Manchester mayoral race.
Anstee, who became the youngest council leader in 2014 aged 26, will stand in this year’s elections as Manchester’s Conservative candidate.
At a Tory party conference, the now 29-year-old said that the mayoral race in May could be a “game changer”.
Trafford-born Anstee is the only Tory leader in 10 Greater Manchester councils, where all 9 other councils are Labour.
The 29-year-old mayoral candidate has said that many parts of Manchester do not feel particularly represented by the Labour party. “What they need is someone who will; and that’s what I’m going to try to do”.
“Across the city, there are issues around worklessness, and getting young people off to the best start in life.
“I think the Mayoralty […] is a huge opportunity for Greater Manchester to have fresh, new, bold civic leadership of our place, to say we can be better than we are today”.
Anstee will run against Labour candidate, Andy Burnham, Leigh MP. His competitors include Liberal Democrat, Jane Brophy, English Democrat, Stephen Morris, UKIP representative, Shneur Odze and Green representative, Will Patterson.
Despite a longstanding reign of labour leadership, Anstee stated “I think I need to challenge the assumption that the Mayoral election is going to produce a result that is already decided today. It isn’t”.