Labour's Richard Parker wins West Midlands Mayoral election

Richard Parker in Coventry
Richard Parker has been voted in as the new West Midlands Mayor -Credit:Local Democracy Reporting Service

The West Midlands has a new elected mayor.

Labour candidate Richard Parker pipped incumbent Conservative Andy Street who has performed the role since 2017 - the first ever directly elected mayor of the West Midlands.

Mr Parker is a former partner at financial services firm PwC where he worked for 26 years and was also involved in the formation of the West Midlands Combined Authority.

He will now perform the role of mayor for a four-year term.

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The final vote count is as follows:

- Richard Parker, Labour - 225,590

- Andy Street, Conservative - 224,082

- Akhmed Yakoob, Independent - 69,621

- Elaine Williams, Reform UK - 34,471

- Siobhan Harper-Nunes, Green - 31,036

- Sunny Virk, Liberal Democrat - 12,176

The West Midlands Mayor is the figurehead and leader of the West Midlands Combined Authority, a so-called 'super council' encompassing the seven metropolitan districts - Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton - alongside other 'affiliate' local councils.

Its annual budget nudges the £1 billion mark and it has responsibility for key matters such as transport, local economic growth, housing and skills.