LEIGH MP Andy Burnham revealed that he is considering standing for the leadership of the Labour Party to inquisitive pupils at a Lowton primary school.

The former health secretary answered the question on everyone’s lips as he officially opened St Luke’s new £20,000 playground.

During the proceedings, canny year 5 pupil, Emma Burley plucked up the courage to ask him the question if he will be entering the Labour leadership contest.

Mr Burnham remained tight lipped and responded by saying that he “would think about it”.

The pupils were celebrating the launch of the playground facilities which have been provided thanks to help from lottery funding and money raised by the school’s Parents’ and Teachers’ Association.

The children have been heavily involved in the design of their new play area and were given the opportunity by the contractor to have the final say in what was included.

Headteacher, Christine Groves said: “We’re delighted that Mr Burnham has taken the time to come and see our new play area. It’s great to see the children’s ideas for the playground become reality and we’re hoping to extend it even further in the near future.”

He said: “Mrs Groves and the staff have done a brilliant job in making St Luke’s a happy and healthy school.”

“In 2004, a cycle path was set up to the school and it’s brilliant to see so many children cycling to school. The new play area only makes it better. It will help the children to get active and make it more exciting to come to school.”

When all the excitement of meeting local political leaders was over, pupils wasted no time in using the new play facilities, leaving the newly re-elected Leigh MP time to ponder his political future.