Andy Burnham's last stand

Analysis of a dramatic day in the politics of the North

On the steps of Manchester’s central library yesterday, flanked by his deputy mayors, Andy Burnham chose to fight. Like Davy Crockett wielding his rifle as a club at The Battle of the Alamo with Mexican troops encircling him and his last defenders dwindling in strength, Burnham picked this spot and this moment to make a stand.

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