This is Andy Burnham who seems to be a leading contender to be the next leader of the Labour Party. He is currently MP for Leigh (my home town) and as they say in Leigh'”tha could put a pig up for Labour and it’d get elected”………………
Apparently, after leaving Cambridge University ( no red brick university for this “northerner”) he worked as a researcher for Tessa Jowell from 1994 to 1997, then working for the NHS Confederation in 1997 and as an administrator for the Football Task Force in 1998. The same year, he became a special adviser to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Chris Smith, a position he held until 2001.
After the retirement of Lawrence Cunliffe, the Labour MP for Leigh, Burnham was elected to succeed him in 2001. He held various cabinet posts within the Labour government and as Health Secretary, Burnham allegedly ignored repeated requests for a public enquiry into unusually high mortality rates at Mid Staffordshire Hospital, including three independent reports into what became known as the Stafford Hospital scandal. Burnham and his predecessor as Health Secretary, Alan Johnson, rejected 81 requests to examine the high rate of deaths at the hospital. 2,800 of which arose after alarms were first sounded.
So here we go again with a prospective Labour leader who has never held a “proper job” outside the London metropolitan political bubble, no experience of business or industry and whose main claim to fame is that he tried to stop the enquiry in to the Mid Staffs NHS Trust scandal as he felt it would not be “helpful.”
After the debacle of Ed Miliband there is every chance of getting another “clone” in as leader. It is often said that Political parties get the leader they deserve.…………watch this space!