Halifax MP backs Burnham for Labour leadership

The new MP for Halifax Holly Lynch

The new MP for Halifax Holly Lynch

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Halifax MP Holly Lynch has said she is backing Andy Burnham to lead the Labour party.

She said: “It was a very tough decision as there are pros and cons to all the potential candidates.

“I’ve spoken to Andy Burnham on a number of issues and I think he’s led from the front on health policy.

“He seems to be the runaway leader at the moment. Rumours are that he’ll get more than a hundred nominations.”

Mrs Lynch chose not to back either of the runners from West Yorkshire - Yvette Cooper, MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford or Mary Creagh, MP for Wakefield.

She said: “Andy came to Halifax recently and has been very supportive throughout on the A&E situation, so he’s going to be getting my nomination.”

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham meeting with local health workers and councillors at Queens Sports Club, Halifax

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham meeting with local health workers and councillors at Queens Sports Club, Halifax

Mr Burnham has been the MP for Leigh, Greater Manchester, since 2001 and Shadow Health Secretary since 2011.