Andy Burnham has been ordered to pay just under £2,000 after speeding on the motorway.

Burnham, 53, admitted to Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court that he had driven a Vauxhall Insignia on the M62 westbound between Junction 11 and Junction 10 on July 7 last year.

The Mayor of Greater Manchester had been driving at speeds of 78mph, above the limit of 40mph in force in that area of the M62 between the Birchwood Interchange and the Croft Interchange.

Burnham, of Park Road, Golborne, was ordered to pay a total of £1,984 by magistrates.

This was made up of a fine of £1,353, a victim surcharge of £541 and costs of £90.

Burnham’s driving licence was also endorsed with six points.

Before his election as Mayor of Greater Manchester, which oversees the whole of the city region including Bolton, in 2017 Burnham had served as MP for Leigh between 2001 and 2017.

During that time he served as chief secretary to the treasury, secretary of state for culture media and sport and as health secretary under Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

Since his election as Mayor of Greater Manchester, Burnham’s role has included overseeing many of the city region’s public services including policing and the fire service.