Labour leadership hopeful Andy Burnham impresses South Yorkshire voters

Labour leadership candidate Andy Burnham, pictured at the Doncaster Trades and Labour Club. Picture: Marie Caley NDOS Burnham MC 1
Labour leadership candidate Andy Burnham, pictured at the Doncaster Trades and Labour Club. Picture: Marie Caley NDOS Burnham MC 1
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The battle for the Labour party leadership hotted up last night as Andy Burnham won round undecided South Yorkshire voters.

One of the favourites to take over the Labour party alongside Jeremy Corbyn, Mr Burnham introduced his key policies to an audience of South Yorkshire voters at a campaign rally held in Doncaster.

Mr Burnham told the Doncaster Trades and Labour Club audience:“This is a big moment for the future of our party. This party does need to change, but what I’m offering you is change that can win.”

The MP for Leigh, Greater Manchester, introduced policies including ‘graduate tax’ to replace student loans and said that taxes would need to be increased to improve services such as the NHS.

He also promised to tackle the housing crisis and renationalise the railways.

Mr Burnham added: “Ed Miliband was taking the party in the right direction but could have gone a lot further. We didn’t set out an alternative to Osborne’s austerity”.

“The difference between me and Jeremy Corbyn is that I want change that is deliverable. Give me your trust and I will not let you down.”

Steve Freeman, aged 68, from Woodhouse, , said: “He was very sincere and a people person. His policies are going to sort out a lot of problems.”

Jeannie Saxton, aged 44, from Dronfield, added: “I was impressed. I wasn’t sure before whether he was the best orator but he seemed very genuine. He will definitely get my vote.”

But not everyone was won over. Amy Archer-Williams, aged 20, from Auckley, Doncaster, said: “Andy was impressive but it seems like his policies have developed over time whereas Jeremy has always had his beliefs, so they seem more genuine.”

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