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2021 elections: Houchen storms to win, Burnham and Street re-elected

After a busy weekend of counting, all of the council and mayoral election results across England are in and democracy has spoken.

In the combined authority mayoral elections, four elections were won by the incumbent party, including Andy Street in the West Midlands, while Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and the West of England changed hands from Conservative to Labour.

There were some big winning vote shares as well, with Ben Houchen winning with 72.8% of the vote in Tees Valley and in Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham was re-elected after getting 67.3% of votes.

In the first mayoral elections for West Yorkshire, Labour MP Tracy Brabin was elected after winning 59.8% of the vote in the second round of voting, after no candidate got more than 50% in the first round.

Ms Brabin, the MP for Batley and Spen has stood down from her seat in the House of Commons, therefore forcing a by-election, which could provide a headache for Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer, especially after Thursday’s Hartlepool by-election result.

In the capital, Sadiq Khan was re-elected as the Mayor of London for the second time, as he secured 55.2% of the second round vote compared Sean Bailey’s 44.8%.

Mr Khan’s party also retained their status as the largest party in the London Assembly.

In the single authority mayoral elections, despite all of the background surrounding the council and the vote, Labour held the position, as Joanne Anderson got elected with 59.2% of second round votes, with independent candidate Stephen Yip coming second.

There were changes in the political make-up of some councils, as the Conservatives gained 13 authorities, with Labour down eight and the Liberal Democrats up one, while the Greens gained 88 councillors across the country.

In the Oxfordshire County Council election, the Conservatives were overtaken by the Liberal Democrats as the biggest party after the latter gained eight seats, meaning the council remains under no overall control.

There was a shock in County Durham, as Labour lost their majority on Durham County Council to no overall control after losing 16 seats, with the Conservatives up 14.

This was a significant result for Labour, as this was the first ever county council won by Labour back in 1919 and the party have controlled it consecutively since 1925.

Nottinghamshire County Council, which was in no overall control before the poll, is now held by the Conservatives and it has been announced that Mansfield MP Ben Bradley, who was re-elected as a county councillor at the election, will take over as council leader.

Results are in for the majority of England’s 35 Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC), with all four being declared in Wales, where Labour defeated Plaid Cymru to take the North Wales PCC.

Some notable results in England include the Conservatives gaining Cheshire, Cleveland, Derbyshire and Humberside PCCs from Labour.

In the devolved elections, the SNP fell just short of an overall majority, as they won 64 of Holyrood’s 129 seats, however, with the Greens winning eight, there is a pro-independence majority, which looks set to put the UK and Scottish governments on a collision course.

In Wales, Welsh Labour won 30 of the Welsh Parliament’s (Senedd Cymru) 60 seats and like the SNP in Scotland will form a government, after being only one seat short of an overall majority.

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