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The Manchester mayor joked he was looking forward to introducing the Communities Secretary to his city’s nightlife. Next week the Conservative Party will descend upon Manchester for their party conference.

Speaking at Labour’s own annual meeting in Brighton, Mr Burnham said it would give him a chance to hold discussions with ministers on devolution and levelling up.

“When the Government comes to Manchester next week I will put on the table a constructive proposal – a levelling-up deal – that has a London-style public transport system at its heart,” he said.

“If we had that same level of fairness, I think it would change a huge number of lives in our city region.”

Joking about meeting Mr Gove, he said: “We are very keen to impress the new Communities Secretary so we are going to lay on a special Warehouse Project Hacienda night.”

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Speaking at the fringe event this morning, Mr Burnham said there was “outrageous” inequality between transport costs in the capital and elsewhere.

In Greater Manchester, a single bus fare could cost more than £4 while in London it was £1.55, he said.

“I have taken the decision to bring buses back under public control. That is the precursor to build a London-style public transport system,” Mr Burnham said.

“When the Government comes to Manchester next week I will put on the table a constructive proposal – a levelling-up deal – that has a London-style public transport system at its heart.

“If we had that same level of fairness, I think it would change a huge number of lives in our city region.”

In another fringe event he praised Mr Gove’s appointment as Communities Secretary, saying it was “good news for the levelling up agenda”.

He said: “The thing about Michael Gove is at least he does things, he brings an energy to what he does.

“You may disagree with him but he acts as a minister, he creates an agenda and he then implements it.”






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