On a fortnightly basis, the Mayor of Greater Manchester chairs the Greater Manchester COVID19 Emergency Committee - a multi-agency meeting to help co-ordinate Greater Manchester's efforts to combat the COVID19 outbreak. 

In addition to this, the Mayor holds weekly press conferences with other Greater Manchester leaders to update the public and answer questions from the press.  This playlist includes all press conferences so far and is updated weekly.

Watch these videos and more on the Mayor's You Tube page (opens in a new tab)

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Press conferences

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Press conference 31 July 2020

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham is joined by Beverley Hughes, Deputy Mayor for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire; Sir Richard Leese, Chair of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership; and Prof. Kate Ardern, Lead Director of Public Health for the GMCA for Health Protection and Emergency Planning & Response. They give an update and answer questions from the press about Greater Manchester's response to the COVID19 outbreak, specifically the announcements made by the Government last night in relation to local restrictions for Greater Manchester.

Watch: Greater Manchester responds to local restrictions (You Tube) (opens in a new tab)

Press conference 19 June 2020

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester is joined by Beverley Hughes, Deputy Mayor for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire, and Sir Richard Leese, Chair of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership. They give an update and answer questions from the press about Greater Manchester's response to the COVID19 outbreak.

Watch: Mayor Andy Burnham is joined by Deputy Mayor Bev Hughes and Sir Richard Leese (opens in a new tab)

Press conference 10 June 2020

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester is joined by Beverley Hughes, Deputy Mayor for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire. They give an update and answer questions from the press about Greater Manchester's response to the COVID19 outbreak.

Watch: Mayor Andy Burnham is joined by Deputy Mayor Bev Hughes (opens in a new tab)

Press conference 3 June 2020

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester is joined by Beverley Hughes, Deputy Mayor for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire, and Paul Dennett, City Mayor of Salford and Lead GMCA member for Housing, Homelessness and Infrastructure. They give an update and answer questions from the press about Greater Manchester's response to the COVID19 outbreak.

Watch: Mayor Andy Burnham is joined by Deputy Mayor Bev Hughes and Paul Dennett (opens in a new tab)

Press conference 27 May 2020

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester is joined by Beverley Hughes, Deputy Mayor for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire. They give an update and answer questions from the press about Greater Manchester's response to the COVID19 outbreak.

Watch: Mayor Andy Burnham is joined by Deputy Mayor Bev Hughes (opens in a new tab)

Press conference 20 May 2020

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester is joined by Sir Richard Leese, Chair of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, and Cllr Andrew Western, Leader of Trafford Council and Lead GMCA member for the Green City-Region. They give an update and answer questions from the press about Greater Manchester's response to the COVID19 outbreak.

Watch: Mayor Andy Burnham is joined by Sir Richard Leese and Cllr Andrew Western (opens in a new tab)

Press conference 13 May 2020

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester is joined by Beverley Hughes, Deputy Mayor for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire, and Ian Hopkins, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police. They give an update and answer questions from the press about Greater Manchester's response to the COVID19 outbreak.

Watch: Mayor Andy Burnham is joined by Deputy Mayor Bev Hughes and Chief Constable Ian Hopkins (opens in a new tab)

Press conference 6 May 2020

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester is joined by Sir Richard Leese, Chair of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, and Chris Boardman, Cycling and Walking Commissioner for Greater Manchester. They give an update and answer questions from the press about Greater Manchester's response to the COVID19 outbreak.

Watch: Mayor Andy Burnham is joined by Sir Richard Leese and Cycling and Walking Commissioner Chris Boardman (opens in a new tab)

Press conference 5 May 2020

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester and Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City-Region host a joint press conference with Laura Pye from the Liverpool Local Enterprise Partnership, and Lou Cordwell, co-chair of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership to present the best ways for The North to recover from the COVID19 crisis and Build Back Better.

Watch: Mayor Andy Burnham and Mayor Steve Rotheram (Liverpool City-Region) host a joint press conference to launch Build Back Better (opens in a new tab)

Press conference 29 April 2020 

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester is joined by Cllr Elise Wilson, Leader of Stockport Council & Lead GMCA member for the Economy, and Cllr Sean Fielding, Leader of Oldham Council & Lead GMCA member for Employment, Skills and Digital. They give an update and answer questions from the press about Greater Manchester's response to the COVID19 outbreak.

Watch: Mayor Andy Burnham is joined by Cllr Elise Wilson and Cllr Sean Fielding (opens in a new tab)

Press conference 22 April 2020

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester is joined by sir Richard Leese, chair of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership and Leader of Manchester City Council to give an update and answer questions from the press about Greater Manchester's response to the COVID19 outbreak.

Watch: Mayor Andy Burnham is joined by Sir Richard Leese (opens in a new tab)

Press conference 21 April 2020

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester and Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region present their plans for the recovery of The North post-COVID19.

Watch: Coronavirus Recovery Plan for The North (opens in a new tab)

Press conference 15 April 2020

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester and Ian Hopkins, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police give an update and answer questions from journalists about Greater Manchester's response to the COVID19 pandemic.

Watch: Mayor Andy Burnham is joined by Chief Constable Ian Hopkins (opens in a new tab)

Press conference 8 April 2020

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester and Beverley Hughes, Deputy Mayor for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire give an update and answer questions from journalists about Greater Manchester's response to the COVID19 pandemic.

Watch: Mayor Andy Burnham is joined by Deputy Mayor Bev Hughes (opens in a new tab)

Press conference 1 April 2020

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester and Sir Richard Leese, Chair of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership give an update and answer questions from journalists about Greater Manchester's response to the COVID19 pandemic.

Watch: Mayor Andy Burnham is joined by Sir Richard Leese (opens in a new tab)

Press conference 25 March 2020

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester and Beverley Hughes, Deputy Mayor for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire give an update and answer questions from journalists about Greater Manchester's response to the COVID19 pandemic.

Watch: Mayor Andy Burnham is joined by Deputy Mayor Bev Hughes (opens in a new tab)

Press conference 18 March 2020

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester gives a press briefing following the first meeting of the Greater Manchester COVID19 Emergency Committee and answers questions from the press about Greater Manchester's response to the COVID19 outbreak.
Speakers are:

  • Cllr Brenda Warrington, Leader of Tameside Council and portfolio lead for older people in Greater Manchester
  • ACC Nick Bailey, Chair of Greater Manchester Resilience Forum
  • Prof Kate Ardern, Director of Public Health
  • Jürgen Maier from the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership

Watch: Mayor Andy Burnham is joined by civic, health and business leaders (opens in a new tab)


For more information, please email news@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk (opens in a new window).