Greater Manchester mayor says he’s not interested in returning to Parliament, but would clamour for him to stand change his mind
Labour MP Rosie Cooper has announced that she is standing down as an MP to take a job as chair of a local NHS trust:
The resignation is apparently with immediate effect, as Cooper says her ‘time in West Lancashire has come to an end’, though she does not specifically say it, triggering a by-election.
The seat is considered a safe one, with Labour taking over fifty percent of the vote in both of the last general elections. Its proximity both to Manchester and to Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham’s old parliamentary seat of Leigh has rapidly led to speculation that – and calls for him to do it – that Burnham may stand for selection to stand in the by-election, a pre-requisite for the leadership bid many have hoped he might make.
Burnham has quickly said that he is not interested in bid. However, if the murmurs become a clamour, who knows?
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