Andy Burnham has been re-elected as the Mayor of Greater Manchester for a second time with a landslide victory. The former Labour MP was backed by 67.3 per cent of voters to continue in the position, increasing his majority after winning 63.4 per cent of the vote in 2017. This year saw turnout increase by around 5 per cent, up to 34.7, with over 700,000 votes cast. The 51-year-old received 473,024 of the votes cast with the Conservative candidate, Laura Evans, coming second with 19.6 per cent of the vote. Mr Burnham's popularity over resisting lockdown restrictions imposed by the Government saw him dubbed “the king in the north” by one of Manchester’s bars. His rising success, and the opposite of Sir Keir Starmer have seen him becoming the bookmaker’s favourite to take over as Labour leader at 6-1, with Lisa Nandy at 6-1 after Wigan’s strong showing for Labour in the local elections.