Conservatives win West of England's first mayoral election


Conservative Tim Bowles has become the first mayor of the West of England Combined Authority.

He beat Labour’s Lesley Mansell by 70,300 votes to 65,923 after the counting of first and second preference votes.

Tim Bowles

He has pledged to work with the council leaders of Bath and North East Somerset Council and South Gloucestershire Council.

He said: 'From a personal perspective, I am honoured to be elected the first West of England regional mayor.

'It truly is an honour and I look forward to working on behalf of everyone in the region.'

Turnout for the election was only 29.7%.

In Doncaster, Labour's Ros Jones has been re-elected as mayor with a majority of 50.92%, 32,631 votes.

Turnout in Doncaster was 29.35%

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