West Midlands mayoral election: Andy Street on brink of victory – Tory gains 49% of vote

Local Elections: Chart shows large gains for Conservative party

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The first count declaration showed Mr Byrne had 244,009 votes while Mr Street got 299,318 votes. It will now go to a second round. 

Sky’s Sophy Ridge tweeted: “The West Mids mayoral race has gone to the second round, but Liam Byrne would need to pick up almost every second pref vote from the Greens & Lib Dems in order to win.

“First round: Andy Street – 48.7 percent Liam Byrne – 39.7 percent”

Mr Street has been looking to complete the Tory “hat-trick” of successes by retaining the mayoralty.

It coles after Jill Mortimer’s Hartlepool victory and Ben Houchen’s result which saw him take 73 percent of the vote in Tees Valley.

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