Andy is committed to making Greater Manchester one of the best places in the world to start, scale and grow a business. Greater Manchester has a fantastic business ecosystem, creating good and meaningful jobs that benefit our residents and growing our economy is a Mayoral priority.
Before being elected Mayor of Greater Manchester, 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.
Andy lives in Leigh, Greater Manchester, with his wife and three children. He is a keen supporter of Everton FC.