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  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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Alex Bysouth

BBC Sport

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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.

West Midlands mayor Andy Street outlines his vision for role
Winning Conservative candidate Andy Street is the former boss of retailer John Lewis.

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%.

Local elections: Labour hold in Hall Green

Labour earlier held on to Birmingham Hall Green in a city council by-election after the party's ex-councillor Sam Burden resigned, reportedly due to family and work commitments.

Liz Clements takes over from his work in the ward.

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Local elections: A Lib Dems hold in Perry Barr

Morriam Jan has been elected as a new Perry Barr councillor, representing a Liberal Democrat hold in the by-election there.

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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
REUTERS/Darren Staples

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.

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. 

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
(L-R) Sion Simon and winning candidate Andy Street

BreakingConservative Andy Street is the first West Midlands mayor

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

Andy Street
Getty Images/Geoff Caddick
Nail-biting finish after contest goes to second round, with Mr Street going head-to-head against Labour's candidate

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.

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.

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

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.

Walsall school pupils write letters to bird thieves
The lovebirds, finches and sparrows were used in therapy for children with learning difficulties.

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).

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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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.

Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, between J9 for M6 Toll and J8 for M6.

M42 Warwickshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M42 southbound between J9, M6 Toll (Curdworth) and J8 M6, because of a broken down lorry.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Mayor for the West Midlands: The first preference votes in detail

Phil Mackie

Midlands correspondent, BBC News

Conservative Andrew Street had the edge in first preference votes over Labour's Sion Simon.

The electorate's second preference votes are now being tallied to find which of them becomes West Midlands mayor.

In 56 mayoral elections in the UK, the person who won the first round has only gone on to lose five times.

Here's a closer look at the "first round" numbers...

first preference votes

Turnout was 26.68%, with 523,201 ballot papers verified.  

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, at J10 for A454.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound at J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe accident, between J8 for M5 and J7 for A34.

M6 West Midlands - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M6 southbound between J8 M5 and J7, A34 (Great Barr), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

West Midlands Mayor must 'cajole and bully' to get the job done

Birmingham Mail

The first West Midlands metro mayor must "cajole and bully" their way to get things done if they are to be a success, an expert has claimed.  

BreakingMayor of the West Midlands: Tory Street ahead in first preference votes

Rob Mayor

Political Reporter

Conservative Andy Street has taken the lead after the regionwide first preference vote declaration. 

He received 216,280 votes while Labour's Sion Simon secured 210,259.

Only these two candidates now go forward into the second preference vote stage.

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Mayor for the West Midlands: Labour's big win in Sandwell

Phil Mackie

Midlands correspondent, BBC News

Labour's Sion Simon has also clinched the first preference vote in Sandwell with 29,085 votes - his closest rival so far, Conservative Andy Street, took 14,361 votes.

UKIP secured 4,704 votes through its candidate Pete Durnell, James Burn took 2,032 for the Greens and Lib Dem Beverley Nielsen took 2,029, while Communist Graham Stevenson 672.

Mayor for the West Midlands: Birmingham declaration sees Labour open up big lead

Kathryn Stanczyszyn

Political Reporter

Labour's Sion Simon has lengthened his first preference lead in the mayoral race with the Birmingham declaration.

He has won the city's backing by a 21,520-vote margin.

That extends his lead over his Conservative rival Andy Street to 22,617 votes. 

But Mr Simon needs more than 50% of first preference votes across the seven areas voting for a West Midlands mayor to be the winning candidate. If he or his closest rival cannot put up those numbers, second preference votes will be factored into the process.

Birmingham first preference vote declaration
Counting takes place during the first round of the West Midlands mayoral elections at the Barclaycard Arena in central Birmingham
Getty Images/Geoff Caddick

Mayor for the West Midlands: Tory wins most first preference votes in Walsall, narrowing margin with Labour

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

The Conservative candidate Andy Street has taken Walsall in the first preference poll by a margin of nearly 7,000 votes.

Mr Street won 23,694 votes to Labour candidate Sion Simon's 16,725.

It means the running totals from the first preference declarations so far leave Labour's Simon on 61,650 while Tory Street is on 60,553 - a difference of 1,097.

UKIP's Pete Durnell took 3501 in Walsall, the Lib Dems' Beverley Nielsen took 2047, the Greens' James Burn 1465 and Communist Graham Stevenson 442.

Mayor for the Midlands: Sion Simon also leads first preference vote in Wolverhampton

In addition to Coventry, Labour's Siôn Simon is ahead in the first preference poll in Wolverhampton. He has 20,594 votes here.

Remember, those areas are just two of seven across the region that have been voting for the West Midlands' first mayor.

To be elected on first preference votes, a candidate has to secure more than 50% of the vote when papers are tallied across the whole electorate. Otherwise second preference votes will come into effect.

Andy Street, Conservative, has the next highest number of first preference votes in Wolverhampton: 16,514.

UKIP's Peter Durnell is in third place in the city, with 2,911.

Coming up on TV

BBC Midlands Today

Counts are taking place this lunchtime across the West Midlands in both the local and mayoral elections. We will bring you the latest.

HSBC's new head office in Birmingham will be given an official topping out ceremony today.

And we will be speaking to the Take That fans who slept outside ahead of the band's show later.

Join us for these stories and more on Midlands Today on BBC One from 13:30.

UKIP MEP's general election decision 'not related to poor local election showing'

A Worcester-based UKIP MEP says it was "an unhappy coincidence" that his decision not to run in the general election was coming out as initial local election results also showed a party wipe-out in seats in Hampshire and Essex. 

Jim Carver, an MEP for the West Midlands, had already resigned as his party's foreign affairs spokesman over its "misguided" manifesto pledge to ban the wearing of the burka.

Jim Carver

Mr Carver contested the Stourbridge seat at the last general election in 2015, coming third with more than 7,000 votes.

You can follow the latest results across the country on the BBC local election live page.     

A young boy gets a scholarship to a ballet school
Andreas Cross began ballet dancing because his mother thought it might calm his hyperactivity.

Mayor for the Midlands: Labour's Sion Simon leads first preference vote in Coventry

Here are the results of the first preference votes in Coventry:  

Labour's Sion Simon is in the lead with 24,331 votes.

There were 20,345 votes cast for Conservative Andy Street and Liberal Democrat Beverley Nielsen got 3,339.

James Burn, Green, received 2,984 votes and Pete Durnell, UKIP, 2,928. Communist candidate Graham Stevenson received 821 votes.

If no single candidate earns more than 50% of the vote - when papers are tallied across the region including Birmingham and Wolverhampton - then the second preference votes will be brought into the mix.

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Severe accident: M42 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 West Midlands northbound severe accident, between J5 for A41 and J6 for A45 Birmingham Airport affecting J3A for M40.

M42 West Midlands - Two lanes closed, queuing traffic and long delays on M42 northbound between J5, A41 (Solihull) and J6, A45 (Birmingham Airport), because of an accident. Travel time is around 30 minute. Congestion to J3a M40.

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A mayor for the Midlands: Analysis

Rob Mayor

Political Reporter

A lot of the areas where there have been Conservative gains in county council elections overnight have been in traditionally Tory areas such as Warwickshire and Gloucestershire.

The Tories did win the West of England mayor race but not by the distance by which they had been expected to win.

I'm not actually convinced that's what will happen in the West Midlands - it's going to be very hard to remove Labour's grip on this heartland area and it would be a big upset if the Tories were to win here.

Everyone seems to feel this will be close and that it has been a neck-and-neck contest between Labour and the Conservatives - second preference votes will be crucial.

Football: Beleaguered Blues head to their biggest game in three years

Birmingham City - under managerial duo Harry Redknapp and Steve Cotterill - are preparing for the club's biggest game in three years.

It's at Bristol City on Sunday and Blues need a win to guarantee Championship survival, otherwise Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers could overhaul them if they both win, and Blues either draw or lose. 

Harry Redknapp and Steve Cotterill

Former Blues skipper Martin O Connor said thinking only of a draw would be "a gamble" that might not pay off.

Birmingham's first BAME improv group to perform
Jumprov was set up by performers who feel the acting industry doesn't tell enough diverse stories.

Turnout in West Midlands mayor elections better than expected

Phil Mackie

Midlands correspondent, BBC News

According to candidates for West Midlands mayor, early estimates are for a better-than-expected turnout of between 25 and 30%.  

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, at J10 for A454 affecting J8 for M5.

M6 West Midlands - Queuing traffic on M6 northbound at J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J8 M5.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time