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Who is Andy Burnham – where does he live and what party is he as he resists tier 3 restrictions?

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Andy Burnham has challenged the government over plans to put Manchester in a tier three lockdown (Picture: Getty Images)

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has barely been out of the headlines in recent days, after challenging the Government’s plans to put the region into a tier three lockdown.

Mr Burnham has refused to rule out a legal challenge to the possible new curbs, which could see pubs and other non-essential businesses forced to close, as has been the case in Merseyside and Lancashire.

In a passionate call for local support, he said ‘anywhere’ could end up in tier three warning of a ‘punishing lockdown in the poorest communities’.

‘Support us in this, I would ask your viewers to contact their MPs to support us in this because it’s about taking the country fairly through a very challenging winter,’ he told the Andrew Marr Show.

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Just who is Andy Burnham and which political party is he in?

Who is Andy Burnham and where does he live?

Andy Burnham is a 50-year-old politician who was born in Aintree, Liverpool, in 1970.

He originally began his career in politics as a researcher for Tessa Jowell and was also a special adviser to Chris Smith, the former Secretary Of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

He was elected to the House Of Commons in 2001, initially as the Parliamentary Candidate for Leigh in Greater Manchester, and was promoted to serve in the Government after the 2005 election.

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Prior to being Mayor of Greater Manchester he was Minister of State at the Department of Health, as well as serving as the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, and as Health Secretary,

Burnham was elected to his current post in May 2017 – just weeks before the devastating terrorist attack on Manchester Arena.

He lives in Warrington with his Dutch-born wife Marie-France Van Heel – whom he met at university.

The couple, who have been married since 2000, have a son and two daughters.

Which party is Andy Burnham in?

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham
Andy has served as Mayor of Greater Manchester since 2017 (Picture: Getty Images)

Andy is a member of the Labour Party.

He joined Labour in 1984 when he was just 14 years old, and served in both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown’s cabinets.

After Labour lost the election in 2010 he became Shadow Health Secretary and later served as Shadow Education Secretary – eventually becoming Home Secretary in Jeremy Corbyn’s Shadow cabinet.

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