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West Midlands Mayor result: Andy Street wins historic election - as it happened

By Harry Leather | Politics | Published:

We brought you live updates from across the West Midlands as Andy Street beat Sion Simon to become the region's first ever metro mayor.

The Conservative candidate finished with 234,862 votes - just 3,766 more than Labour's Sion Simon.

Former John Lewis boss Mr Street had finished the first round with 216,280 votes - just shy of 6,000 votes ahead of Mr Simon (210,259), with second preferences proving crucial.

The four other candidates - Lib Dem Beverley Nielsen (30,378), Green James Burn (24,260), UKIP's Peter Durnell (29,051) and Communist Graham Stevenson (5,696) - were eliminated and the second preferences of people who voted for them were added to Mr Simon's and Mr Street's first round votes.

In the first round, a total of 426,539 votes went to Mr Street and Mr Simon, with just 89,385 split between the other four candidates.

Turnout was 26.7 per cent.

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