Contaminated blood inquiry

Read my letter to party leaders on the contaminated blood scandal. 

The contaminated blood scandal is perhaps the greatest untold injustice in the history of our country. Thousands of people died, and the lives of many more families were destroyed, through the negligence of public bodies. 

Although there are many parallels with Hillsborough, there are important differences too. 

The contaminated blood scandal wasn't a single event on a single day,...

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Parliamentary candidate for Leigh

Monday 24 April 2017

Iain McNicol

General Secretary

Labour Party

To:  Labour Party NEC

Parliamentary candidate for Leigh

I understand that the NEC will this week consider applications to succeed me as Labour's candidate for Leigh.

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Burnham pledges to be a Mayor for Manchester music

Mayoral candidate calls "music summit" to gather ideas on how the new Mayor can support the music scene in Greater Manchester.

Andy Burnham is today meeting key figures from Greater Manchester's music industry at Band On The Wall to discuss how the new Mayor could best support live music across the city-region.

The summit will discuss some of the challenges facing the music industry in Greater Manchester, including live venues, rehearsal...

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Today, George Osborne's Northern Powerhouse Partnership published a report detailing what needs to be done "to build a Northern Powerhouse where more people want to live, invest and set up businesses." Andy's responds below:

Andy Burnham

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Government should match our ambition on homelessness

Speaking in the House of Commons this morning on the Homelessness Reduction Bill, Labour's candidate for Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, challenged the Government to match Greater Manchester's ambition on rough sleeping.

The Homelessness Reduction Bill had its Third Reading in the House of Commons this morning and received cross-party support. Burnham travelled to Westminster to speak in the debate and to support the Bill.

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Businesses, universities and start-ups invited to form new clusters around high-value sectors

Schools to be given chance to host new business start-up units to build business-friendly culture

Mayoral candidate writes to the Prime Minister asking her to make Greater Manchester the first pilot for proposed UCAS-style system for apprenticeships

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Andy Burnham will commit to end rough-sleeping in Greater Manchester by the end of his first term as Mayor.  

New figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government show that by September 2016 1,600 children were living in temporary accommodation in Greater Manchester - more than double the number two years earlier. 


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