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Who will be Manchester’s first mayor?

George Osborne has announced that Greater Manchester is to be ruled over by a Boris-style figure as part of its new devolution deal. But who will take the job?

By Jennifer Williams  

Could the actress Maxine Peake be the north's answer to Boris? © TERRY SCOTT/NEWZULU/PA Images

Jennifer Williams is Social Affairs editor at the Manchester Evening News

Yesterday, the Chancellor George Osborne unveiled a £1bn-plus devolution package for Greater Manchester—the first of its kind. Transport, skills and housebuilding powers are all on their way up from Whitehall. As part of the deal, the region’s council leaders have had to sign up to an elected mayor, expected…

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