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Summary

  1. Andy Street elected as mayor of West Midlands
  2. The Conservative beats Labour rival by fewer than 4,000 votes
  3. Contest went to a second round
  4. The first regional mayor is former John Lewis boss
  5. Updates from Friday 5 May 2017

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All times stated are UK

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  2. Our coverage across the day

    That's it from the Live team on Friday in which we saw a little bit of political history here in the West Midlands.

    We're back from 08:00 on Monday - join us then.

  3. Video content

    Video caption: West Midlands mayor Andy Street outlines his vision for role

    Winning Conservative candidate Andy Street is the former boss of retailer John Lewis.

  4. West Midlands mayor election: Turnout analysis

    Elizabeth Glinka

    BBC Midlands Today

    The turnout for the West Midlands mayor elections was 26.68% and some people may wonder whether that influenced the result.

    I don’t think the turnout was particularly low, I would say it exceeded expectations.

    It’s a low turnout when compared to a general election but there was no precedent for a mayoral election and no other reason for some people to go to the polls.

    Remember, there were no local elections in Birmingham and Solihull, for example, yet Solihull had a turnout of 33%.

    Some of the candidates had been expecting a turnout of 15%.

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  6. Who is the first West Midlands mayor Andy Street?

    Originally from Birmingham, the first mayor of the West Midlands stood down as managing director of the John Lewis department store chain in order to fight this election - the first of the kind for the region.

    Andy Street

    He is promising to eradicate youth unemployment, to deliver 25,000 new houses and to invest in public transport.  

    He will now control a £1.1bn investment fund over 30 years, or £36m a year, which has been gifted to the region from the government.

    He is to have powers over economic development, education and skills, housing and transport.

  7. Mayor for the West Midands: Fewer than 4,000 votes decided it

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    In total, there were 473,490 first and second preference votes cast for the eventual winner Conservative Andy Street and second-place Sion Simon of Labour.

    Ex-John Lewis boss Street edged the number of first preference votes with 216,280 compared to the 210,259 for former Erdington MP and serving West Midlands MEP Simon.

    Street was runner-up in second preference votes with 22,348 to his rival's 24,603, but the numbers were enough to carry him over the line - with 3,766 more votes overall securing him the election. 

  8. First mayor of the West Midlands says his victory allows 'renewal and rebirth' in region

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Accepting the role as the West Midlands' first regional mayor, Tory Andy Street said it was the "beginning of the renewal and rebirth of a new urban Conservative agenda".

    Mr Street went head to head in a second round with Labour candidate Sion Simon who said Labour voters no longer felt confident the party upheld its values.

    Sion Simon and Andy Street
    Image caption: (L-R) Sion Simon and winning candidate Andy Street
  9. BreakingConservative Andy Street is the first West Midlands mayor

    Andy Street, Conservative, makes history as the West Midlands' first elected regional mayor. 

    Andy Street
    Image caption: Nail-biting finish after contest goes to second round, with Mr Street going head-to-head against Labour's candidate
  10. Mayor for the West Midlands: Wolverhampton backs Labour's Sion Simon after round two

    Rob Mayor

    Political Reporter

    Sion Simon has done best in the second preference vote count in Wolverhampton, with the Labour candidate adding a further 1,996 votes to his winning first stage tally.

    Tory rival Andy Street landed another 1,712 votes in round two.

    In the last few weeks, Mr Street's team has talked about causing a "political earthquake". They're not there yet with the numbers, but there is a tremor.

    Labour could still bring this back, but if they do they have still been run very close in an area in which one might have expected them to romp home.

  11. Mayor for the West Midlands: Dudley goes with Tory

    Rob Mayor

    Political Reporter

    The second preference vote in Dudley also had Conservative Andy Street edging it over his Labour rival Sion Simon -  3306 to 2446. 

    Mr Street polled highest in the first round in the Black Country borough.

  12. Mayor for the West Midlands: Conservative Street secures Walsall's second preference vote

    Kathryn Stanczyszyn

    Political Reporter

    Walsall's winner in the first round has boosted his tally with the second preference count in the borough.

    Andrew Street, Conservative, edged Sion Simon by 2,186 votes to 1,811 in the second round.

    Walsall second preference vote count
  13. Mayor for the West Midlands: Coventry opts for Labour in count's second round

    Vanessa Pearce

    BBC Local Live

    Coventry's results are now in for the second preferences and again Labour's Sion Simon has come out on top in the city, adding another 3,236 votes to his total.

    Conservative Andy Street secured a further 2,213 votes in the second round of the contest but it's the Labour candidate sitting pretty, at least in this part of the region.

  14. Video content

    Video caption: Walsall school pupils write letters to bird thieves

    The Lovebirds, finches and sparrows were used in therapy for children with learning difficulties.

  15. Mayor for the West Midlands: Second round in Solihull

    After the second preference votes have been factored in, the running total in Solihull is 219248 votes for Sion Simon (Lab) and 227013 for Andy Street (Con).

  16. Mayor for the West Midlands: Fine margin splits Labour and Conservatives in red stronghold

    Phil Mackie

    Midlands correspondent, BBC News

    In Sandwell, out of 9,437 people who voted in the first round of the election for candidates now eliminated, around half cast a second preference vote for one of the two remaining candidates in the contest.

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  17. Mayor for the West Midlands: Conservative Street smashes Labour in Solihull

    Rob Mayor

    Political Reporter

    In a slightly back-to-front fashion - ie after the region-wide tallies were announced - we can now tell you the first preference numbers in Dudley and Solihull.

    The first preference vote breakdown

    In Solihull, Conservative Andy Street racked up 35,903 votes - more than two-thirds of the valid votes in the borough, dwarfing the 6,695 votes there for Labour's Sion Simon.

    In Dudley, the Tories also emerged victorious, with 31,858 first preference votes to Labour's 17,731.

    These candidates' numbers across the board see them and only them battle it out in a next round - a stage in which voters' second preferences are being tallied and fed into the mix to find which of the two men becomes mayor.

  18. Envelope update

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