The Constitutional Position of the North of England

3:30pm - 5:00pm / Friday 22nd November 2019
Type: Lecture / Category: Department
  • Suitable for: All welcome to attend.
  • Admission: Free Lecture - Please register your attendance.
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Public Lecture by Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester

As part of the Northern Public Law Forum, the Liverpool Law School will host a public lecture from one of the leading figures in English devolved government.

Andy Burnham was elected as Mayor of Greater Manchester in May 2017. Prior to this Andy was MP for Leigh from 2001. In government, Andy has held Ministerial positions at the Home Office, Department of Health and the Treasury. In 2008 he became Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, before returning to Health as Secretary of State in 2009. In opposition, Andy has served as Shadow Education Secretary, Shadow Health Secretary and Shadow Home Secretary.

As the chair of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Andy is responsible for setting priorities in terms of the delivery of public services across the 10 local councils in the city-region, in areas including transport, housing, homelessness, health and social care, and policing and the fire service.

Andy has been a key contributor to important public debates about the future of English devolution, and in this lecture will reflect on issues including: the strengths and limitations of the Combined Authority module, the case for expanding devolution in the North, and how the North of England could be represented in (or affected by) any major UK constitutional reform process that might occur post-Brexit.