Labour have failed to achieve one of their top targets in this round of elections - the West Midlands mayoral contest. Labour's Liam Byrne fell to the Tory incumbent Andy Street in a run-off. The latter increased his majority from just 3,776 to 47,043 in another huge blow to Keir Starmer. The West Midlands is the largest of the elected mayoral mandates outside London.
Labour led the vote in Birmingham, Coventry and Sandwell, but that lead was overwhelmed by the Tory vote in Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley and Solihull. Liam Byrne is Labour's MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill and is most famous for leaving a certain letter to the incoming coalition government in 2010.
UKIP and the Communist Party did not contest this time.
West Midlands Mayor (Con HOLD)
Andy Street (Con) 299,318 (48.7%) +6.8%
Liam Byrne (Lab) 244,009 (39.7%) -1.1%
Steve Caudwell (Green) 35,559 (5.8%) +0.9%
Jenny Wilkinson (LDem) 21,836 (3.6%) -2.3%
Peter Dunelm (Reform) 13,568 (2.2%) New
Andy Street (Con) 314,669 (54.0%)
Liam Byrne (Lab) 267,626 (46.0%)
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