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Mayor of the Tees Valley
Mayoral Election Results
Second round results for mayoral election
|Candidate||Final total votes||Percentage|
|Final total votes48,578||Percentage51.2%|
|Final total votes46,400||Percentage48.9%|
First round results for mayoral election
|Candidate||First pref votes||Percentage||Second pref votes||Percentage|
|First pref votes40,278||Percentage39.5%||Second pref votes8,300||Percentage55.7%|
|First pref votes39,797||Percentage39.0%||Second pref votes6,603||Percentage44.3%|
Candidate Liberal Democrat
|First pref votes12,550||Percentage12.3%||Second pref votes-||Percentage-|
|First pref votes9,475||Percentage9.3%||Second pref votes-||Percentage-|
Second preference votes are only used to elect the mayor if no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote. The top two candidates then receive the second preference votes from their eliminated opponents.
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Three bidders are in the running to acquire the whole of British Steel, Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has said in a post on Facebook.
Talks and negotiations have continued for months about the firm which went into liquidation in May and employs about 700 people at Lackenby and Skinningrove.
The bidders are existing steelmakers.
Mr Houchen said: "While an exclusivity agreement is currently being drafted with a preferred bidder, a fair amount of work still needs to take place.
"We expect there to be 6-8 weeks’ worth of due diligence that needs to be undertaken from today.
"This is not a done deal, and work still needs to be done, but things are looking positive.
"Bidders are impressed with British Steel’s order book, its workforce, and the overall potential for the business."
He also added no job losses are "announced" or "planned" and workers are being paid on time.
The United States' Ambassador to the United Kingdom is visiting Teesside today.
Woody Johnson will meet business leaders and visit industrial sites on both banks of the Tees.
After a briefing at Middlesbrough Town Hall, he will be given a guided tour of US-owned businesses by the Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen.
The emergency summit on the future of British Steel’s liquidated business on Teesside has ended with an undertaking by local politicians to do all they can to safeguard the 700 jobs at the Lackenby and Skinningrove plants.
The meeting was called by the Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, and included MPs, and the leaders and chief executives of the region’s councils.
In a statement they said the priority is to support efforts to find a new owner, adding that all options - including significant public subsidy and nationalisation - must remain on the table.
The Tees Valley Mayor and council leaders are holding an emergency meeting in Stockton to discuss a plan of action following the collapse of British Steel.
About 800 jobs are at risk in the North East after the company went into liquidation on Wednesday.
Mayor Ben Houchen is meeting Teesside MPs and representatives from the administrators Ernst & Young.