Polls close in Liverpool City Region mayoral election

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Image caption The new mayor will be elected as figurehead of the Liverpool City Region in May

Voting has ended in the election to choose the first metropolitan mayor for the Liverpool City Region.

Polling stations have closed across the six council areas in the region - Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral on Merseyside, as well as Halton in Cheshire.

The results are expected on Friday afternoon.

The mayor will lead the region's combined authority, working alongside existing council leaders.

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