Andy Street Elected as first Mayor of West Midlands

The Conservative Candidate Andy Street has been elected as the first mayor of the West Midlands combined authority.

Mr Street, a former managing director of John Lewis, narrowly beat his Labour opponent Siôn Simon by 238,628 votes to 234,862.

The Tory politician led Mr Simon in the first round of voting, and though Mr Simon won more second preference votes his share was not enough to overturn the Conservative lead.