Thursday, 2 December 2021

Elections 2017: Tories win four new mayors


MANCHESTER: Former John Lewis boss Andy Street cemented a series of Conservative victories in the elections for new English regional mayors. Mr Street won the contest to become the West Midlands regional leader, defeating former Labour MP Sion Simon. Labour’s Andy Burnham won in Greater Manchester, despite the party suffering heavy losses in council elections. The Tories have four out of six new mayors, including the Tees Valley and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Greater Manchester and the Liverpool City Region were won comfortably by Labour without needing to consider voters’ second preferences under the supplementary voting system. The elections see “metro” mayors take the reins of groups of councils known as combined authorities. However, the turnouts for the mayors are better than those for the first police and crime commissioner elections in 2012, which saw just 14.9% of voters cast a ballot. Experts said the turnout in the mayoral elections gave the new leaders the same level of mandate as local councillors. A government spokesman said: “Turnout in the first ever regional “metro” mayoral elections is in line with recent elections of a similar size. Local people had the opportunity in these elections to shape how their area is run.”

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