BOLTON West MP Chris Green has ruled out standing as Conservative candidate for the post of Mayor of Greater Manchester.

He said he was confident the party could find a n excellent' candidate to take on Labour's incumbent Andy Burnham at Sunday's selection meeting.

Mr Green, who increased his majority from 936 in 2017 to 8,855 in December 12's General Election, said: "I considered standing because I do not think Andy Burnham has delivered for the people of Greater Manchester but unlike in London you cannot be Mayor and Police Commissioner and MP.

"I did have some discussions about possibly changing the law but they did not get very far.

"After the vote of confidence in me as MP on December 12 I decided to stay on in Parliament.

"There I can meet ministers and Prime Minister Boris Johnson regularly about issues which affect Bolton West and make sure the interests of the town are at the forefront of minds in the government.

"I can also champion issues which matter to Bolton people such as law and order, health and social care, traffic and health and social care which are the Mayor's responsibility."