2017 will see an elected contest for a newly-created position – the Mayor of Greater Manchester, who is due to be elected on 4 May 2017. The decision to create the post was announced by former Chancellor George Osborne in November 2014, and will involve the implementation of new primary legislation.
The person assuming the position will take over from the Interim Mayor for Greater Manchester, Tony Lloyd (appointed on 29 May 2015) and will be responsible for the strategic government of the region, including transport, housing, health, skills, strategic planning and policing. This is distinct from the Lord Mayor of Manchester, whose post is purely ceremonial.
The candidates for the position from the three main political parties are Andy Burnham (Labour), Jane Brophy (Liberal Democrats), and Sean Anstee (Conservative). From the smaller parties, the candidates are Stephen Morris from the English Democrats, Peter Clifford from the Communist League, Shneur Odze from the United Kingdom Independence Party, and Will Patterson from the Green Party. There is also an independent candidate, Jim O’Neill.