Skip to main content

Politics student helps Andy Burnham launch campaign to become Mayor of Greater Manchester

Tuesday 15 November 2016

An aspiring politician from the University of Salford helped Labour MP Andy Burnham launch his campaign to become the Mayor of Greater Manchester.

Jack Lister, 21, voluntarily managed the live stream through Facebook and organised additional filming during the event, which was held at HOME.

Jack said: "I had a lot of fun helping out at the launch. Hopefully I can be more involved with the social media engagement of Andy's campaign over the next few months. Andy wants to introduce a free bus pass for 16-18 year olds, this opens up opportunities for high school leavers across Greater Manchester. If someone in Oldham wants to do an apprenticeship in Wigan there will no longer be a barrier stopping them doing this. He rightly said that this is a passport for young people’s future; it was all well received by the audience." 

Jack, who has been involved with the local Salford Labour party since January, also spends his free time assisting the mayor of Salford, Paul Dennett with social media engagement.

He said: “I set up and run Salford Labour's YouTube channel; I did videos for them over the local elections and then ran the social media accounts over the EU Referendum. During this important occasion, I made fifty videos with various MP’s and MEP’s". 

The first year Politics student is also currently running for LGBT Officer for Salford & Eccles constituency Labour party.  

Jack’s lecturer, Dr Dan Lomas said: “Jack is a fantastic student, passionate about UK politics and - along with several of our students - is actively involved in the Salford University Labour Society. We encourage our students to take a passionate and active interest in politics, and Jack is testament to the academic development and 'real world' political experience that Salford offers.”

Burnham is standing for mayor alongside Cllr Jane Brophy for the Liberal Democrats. Shneur Odze is set to stand for UKIP, and Deyika Nzeribe will stand for the Green Party, with the Conservative candidate to be decided.

The mayoral election will take place on 4th May 2017.

Find out more

Victoria Barker

0161 295 4779