Award-winning TV and radio presenter Terry Christian has savaged Labour's decision to put Andy Burnham forward as the party's candidate to be mayor of Manchester, describing the MP for Leigh as "beige", "an invertebrate" and "lacking in conviction and passion" for the city.
The Liverpool-born politician was yesterday selected to stand for Labour in the city's mayoral election, which will take place next May.
Christian, who presented the Channel 4 programme The Word and ITV talk show It's My Life, feels Burnham's nomination is little more than a cynical political move.
"He seems a nice enough guy, he's a bit beige and vanilla," he told Jonny Gould and Ash.
"I don't see how Manchester is going to do with having an invertebrate as mayor.
"He wants to wield some power. But where's his passion for Manchester? I've never heard him talk about it.
"I don't feel he's a conviction politician, I feel he's a career politician. I don't think he's the sort of person you want as mayor."
Listen to the full interview above