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Election results: Rare bright spot for Labor as Steve Rotheram re-elected Liverpool City region mayor | Political news

Steve Rotheram has brought some relief to Labor by being re-elected mayor of the Liverpool City area.

The former MP has retained the role he was first elected to in 2017 to bolster support for Labor in Merseyside, where the party also retained Liverpool mayor with the victory of Joanne Anderson.

Mr Rotherham won a landslide victory with 58.3% of the vote (198,726 votes).

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Conservative challenger Jade Marsden got 19.6% of the vote (66,702 votes), Gary Cargill of the Green Party getting 40,211 votes and David Newman of the Liberal Democrats in fourth place with 35,049 votes.

After the announcement of the result, Mr. Rotherham returned “a huge thank you to everyone who trusted me to continue”.

He added on Twitter: “This is a massive vote of confidence in the power of decentralization and the work I have done so far.”

And he called on the government to now support a new decentralization of powers to metropolitan mayors.

Mr Rotherham’s victory gives Labor a positive point in what has been a series of largely disappointing election results for party leader Sir Keir Starmer.

On what has been dubbed ‘Super Thursday’, around 48 million people were able to vote this week in elections in England, Wales and Scotland in a wide range of different contests.

But – apart success in the Welsh parliamentary elections – so far there have been few …

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This notice was published: 2021-05-08 10:38:00