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VIDEO Watch again – Greater Manchester Mayor’s Question Time

The very first Mayor of Greater Manchester’s Question Time for Tameside was aired live on Tameside Radio 103.6FM and proved to be a sometimes heated and passionate debate.

Staged at Guardsman Tony Downes House in Droylsden, it was the best attended Question Time yet with some 140 people at the event and the questions soon started to come thick and fast for the Mayor as the hour and-a-half allotted time slot extended to very nearly two hours.

It was the sixth such Question Time the Mayor has held but the first for Tameside as he tours the Greater Manchester boroughs to give everyone a chance to have their say and discuss the issues of importance to them.

The Question Times also offer an opportunity to question Andy head on about just how well he is doing in the job as the very first Mayor of Greater Manchester.

GOING LIVE: Andy Burnham talks to Tameside Radio 103.6FM, explaining the value of the Question Times, before facing the audience.

The Tameside Radio and Tameside Reporter teams were at the evening to report on all aspects of the Question Time, interviewing Andy before the event and then broadcasting live the full evening across the airwaves on 103.6FM – plus tweeting a full account of the proceedings and Andy’s answers.

Tameside Reporter Editor Nigel Skinner chaired the debate (main picture) as the Mayor faced questions about the police service, the green belt and spatial framework, housing, transport, jobs, the northern powerhouse, NHS and social care, plus a series of local issues.

But it was the emotive matter of homelessness that truly raised the temperatures in the room, with impassioned pleas by a number of homeless people added to a desperate appeal to reopen public toilets in the centre of Manchester and do more to help those sleeping rough on our streets.

Nigel said: “We were delighted at the Tameside Reporter and Tameside Radio to play such a key part in this particular Question Time and bring the debate live to a wider local audience.

“I had received a number of questions from our readers plus more questions on the night for Andy Burnham from people listening in to the broadcast and I’m only sorry that there just wasn’t enough time to ask them all – we really could have gone on for several more hours.

“The atmosphere in the room certainly became heated and impassioned on occasions with some really emotive issues raised – but credit to the Mayor for welcoming that kind of scrutiny and encouraging the tough questions.”

The Question Time was streamed live on Facebook and you can watch the video of the night again now by clicking on the link below.

A full report of the Question Time is published in this week’s Tameside Reporter (February 1 edition).

Ask Andy Question Time – Tameside

Here's another chance to watch the latest Mayor's Question Time!A week ago Andy was in Droylsden in Tameside answering questions from the public on everything from transport concerns and house building to his campaign to tackle rough sleeping and homelessness.You may experience some issues with the sound quality in this video. Thank you to Tameside Radio for their assistance.

Posted by Mayor of Greater Manchester on Freitag, 2. Februar 2018