THE Labour leadership favourite was created using Photoshop and a computer programmed regional accent, it has emerged.
‘Andy Burnham’ claims to have been born in 1970 but was in fact conceived in 2006 by a top secret group working out of Labour HQ.
His looks were designed using images of estate agency employees of the month, Kays catalogue male models and the cut-out face of a 1980s assistant coach at Sheffield Wednesday.
The name Andy Burnham was arrived at following dozens of focus group sessions with floating voters, seeing off alternatives like Gary Youngishman, Steve Pragmatt and Dave Blairunlike.
Seven Labour workers then had plastic surgery to become ‘Andy Burnham’, trained to do his accent and mouth scripted glossy platitudes.
Tom Booker, who worked on the project, said: “I always saw ‘Andy Burnham’ as being all things to all voters. That’s why we created several of him.
“We want an Andy Burnham who can eat a curry non-awkwardly and an Andy Burnham who promises he’ll be tough on immigration; an Andy Burnham who can talk football with working folk and an Andy Burnham who can talk corporate tax concessions with the CBI.”
The ruse was only uncovered when some party members wondered how he could be addressing a branch meeting in St Helens while simultaneously appearing live on Channel 4 News.
Rival candidate ‘Liz Kendall’ said, “So, there are seven Andy Burnhams, Let me assure you, there are only three Liz Kendalls.”