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Labour wins West of England Metro Mayor from Conservatives

Labour have gained the regional Metro mayor position for the West of England from the Conservatives, in a result that bucks the national trend.

The winning candidate – former Government minister and local MP Dan Norris – secured victory in a second preference vote run-off against his Tory rival Samuel Williams.

The Conservatives were forecast to win the West of England metro mayor election.

Mr Norris’s victory comes after the party’s candidates in Manchester and Liverpool also held onto their Metro Mayor seats.

Andy Burnham secured a landslide result in the race to stay on as the Mayor of Greater Manchester.

Mr Burnham saw his share of the vote increase from 2017, going up from 63% to 69%.

He picked up 473,024 votes – well clear of the Conservatives’ Laura Evans on 113,753.

Speaking after the result was declared he said: ‘This vote sends a clear message to all Westminster parties.

‘People are buying into English devolution. They are telling you to deliver more of it, not less.’

Labour’s Steve Rotherham also held onto the same position in the Liverpool City Region.

Mr Rotherham enjoyed an overwhelming victory by securing 58.3% of the votes (198,726 votes), shoring up Labour’s support on Merseyside where the party have also retained the Liverpool city mayoralty with victory for Joanne Anderson.

The three mayoral wins give Labour a bright spot in what has been a largely disappointing set of election results.

Aside from success in the Welsh parliament elections, there have so far been few highlights for Sir Keir just over a year into his leadership of Labour.

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