Sixth Form College Students Interview Mayor of Greater Manchester

Bolton Sixth Form College students put their Journalism skills to the test by interviewing the former MP for Leigh, for their BBC School Report about SHARE and homelessness.

Andy Burnham is a former Labour MP for Leigh and having succeeded Lawrence Cunliffe in 2001, he then served as Health Secretary under the Gordon Brown-led Labour government from 2009 to 2010. As of May 2017, he assumed the position as the first elected mayor of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

On Wednesday afternoon, SHARE Co-founder Jake Kirkman took the Bolton Sixth Form College students and their teacher Nicola, to interview Andy Burnham on the grounds of Smithills Hall. The questions focused on homelessness and the work the greater Manchester Combined Authority intends to do to tackle the homelessness crisis in our local area.

We have a small production team at the College, comprising of some very talented young women keen to raise awareness and learn more about this issue. Moreover, The students are learning key journalistic skills and incorporating their A Level Media studies, to hold people in positions of power to account.

The interview is one of many to be recorded with politicians, charities, students and the homeless across the borough and will be available to watch online in the coming weeks on the bbc school report website.

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