Labour’s Richard Parker defeats Andy Street in tight West Midlands mayoral race after Sadiq Khan wins third term in London – as it happened

Labour’s Richard Parker defeats Andy Street in tight West Midlands mayoral race after Sadiq Khan wins third term in London – as it happened

Tory incumbent Andy Street suffered a shock defeat to Labour in the West Midlands mayoral election by only 1,508 votes after a partial recount was ordered in the most tightly contested metro mayor ballot in England. Sir Keir Starmer called the victory a “phenomenal result” for Labour and “beyond our expectations”.

  • Labour’s Sadiq Khan won a historic third term as London mayor with 43.8% of the vote. Khan received 1,088,225 votes, a majority of 276,707.

  • Andy Burnham was re-elected as mayor of Greater Manchester to add to Labour wins for Steve Rotheram in Liverpool, Tracy Brabin in West Yorkshire, Paul Dennett in Salford and Oliver Coppard in South Yorkshire.

  • The Conservatives have lost 473 seats and control of 12 councils.

  • Labour gained eight councils and 185 seats.

  • The Liberal Democrats gained 104 seats giving them a total of 521 compared to the Tories’ haul of 513.

  • West Midlands mayoralty from the Conservatives and Sadiq Khan trounced his Tory rival in London to secure a third term, writes Toby Helm, Michael Savage and Jessica Murray.

    The results, along with decisive victories for Labour’s Andy Burnham in Greater Manchester, Steve Rotheram in Liverpool and Tracy Brabin in West Yorkshire, left Labour in charge of most of England’s mayoralties.

    The West Midlands upset where Andy Street lost to Richard Parker by 1,508 votes, announced after a dramatic series of recounts, followed a disastrous showing for the Tories in Thursday’s local council elections. They finished third behind the Liberal Democrats in the number of seats won, for the first time since 1996.

    Andy Burnham returned to power.

    As Labour celebrates strong results in this week’s local elections, Opinium’s latest poll reveals the party also maintains a strong 16-point lead over the Conservatives.

    Labour has 40% (-1), the Conservatives are on 24% (-1) and the Liberal Democrats have 11% (+1). Reform falls slightly to 12% (-1), while the Green party remains on 7% and SNP on 3% (+1).

    Rishi Sunak’s approval rating has also dropped by -6 points in the last month to -40% net, while Keir Starmer’s remains stable at -9% net, widening his lead to +30%.

    The Muslim Council of Britain’s secretary-general, Zara Mohammed, said: “These election results are a wake-up call to all parties: every vote counts. Politicians can’t take anyone for granted, especially not British Muslims.

    “The dissatisfaction with politicians is palpable, and the response to the atrocities in Gaza is only the tip of the iceberg.

    “Instead of respectful and meaningful dialogue, British Muslims face a political culture dominated by ideologues silencing their voices, questioning their intentions or having their views filtered through acceptable gatekeepers.”

    Andy Street apologises to his team and thanks voters

    The former West Midlands mayor apologised to his Conservative team after being defeated by Richard Parker and not making a hat-trick.

    Saying thank you to his team across the region, he added: “It has been my honour to lead you for the last seven years.

    “I’m sorry we couldn’t make it that triple or hat-trick, but mark my words, you will be back for that.”

    Street thanked his fellow candidates, including Parker for “how he’s conducted himself in the campaign” and wished him “all strength and wisdom as he takes on this role”.

    And he also thanked those who voted for him on Thursday, for the “trust” they showed in him, adding “that’s perhaps the most important word in politics of all”.

    In the end, it was not to be, but of course, that doesn’t mean I appreciate that trust any less. So thank you, to the voters.

    I hope I’ve done it with dignity and integrity.

    And I hope I’ve bequeathed to Richard a combined authority and indeed a role to which young aspiring leaders will want to aspire one day.

    In a sense, I can have done no more than that.

    It has been a great privilege. But tonight, I just wanted to say thank you, and good night.

    Richard Parker says he will make West Midlands a ‘roaring success’

    The new mayor of the West Midlands said he would “make this region a roaring success again” and that his election shows “people are calling for Labour, and calling for change”.

    This is the most important thing I will ever do, this week people here voted for the person and the party.

    They recognise that a Labour mayor can make a positive difference in this region.

    You have put your trust in me and I will repay that trust – I will deliver for you and your family, I promise you that I will deliver jobs, we will fix our public transport system, we will build the homes you need and we will give this region the fresh start it richly deserves.

    I will also stand up for those people who didn’t vote for me.

    People are calling for Labour, and calling for change. People are looking once again at our party and asking us to govern, up and down the country.

    Richard Parker thanks Andy Street after his shock win

    The newly elected mayor of the West Midlands, Richard Parker, thanked the Conservative candidate, Andy Street, after his shock win.

    Speaking after his election was announced, Labour’s Parker said: “Thank you first and foremost, thank you.”

    He thanked polling staff and added: “Thank you also to Andy [Street], you’ve led this region through a number of great challenges and you deserve a great credit for that.

    “You deserve credit for building up the combined authority into the powerhouse that it is today, through the economic shocks, and leading this region when it came out of Covid.

    “You’ve been out there representing our region, I absolutely believe that whilst our politics are different, Andy, we both have the best interests of the West Midlands at heart.”

    Keir Starmer celebrates ‘phenomenal’ victory in West Midlands

    The Labour leader said Labour’s victory in the West Midlands mayoral election was a “phenomenal result” that was “beyond our expectations”.

    “People across the country have had enough of Conservative chaos and decline and voted for change with Labour.

    “Our fantastic new mayor Richard Parker stands ready to deliver a fresh start for the West Midlands.

    “My changed Labour party is back in the service of working people, and stands ready to govern. Labour will turn the page after 14 years of Tory decline and usher in a decade of national renewal. That change starts today.”

    Labour’s Richard Parker beat Conservative Andy Street by 1,508 votes to become mayor of the West Midlands.

    Rishi Sunak will have been relieved when Ben Houchen was declared the winner in the Tees Valley mayoral election, but he can’t disguise the fact that these were very bad election results, writes the former prime minister Theresa May’s chief of staff, Garvin Barwell.

    Council elections are difficult to interpret – there are a host of local factors at play. The best thing to look at is what is known as national equivalent vote share. The BBC’s estimate at the time of writing is that Labour received 34% and the Conservatives 25%.

    This tells us two important things about British politics. First – if we didn’t already know it – that the Tories are likely heading for a defeat, and potentially a very heavy one, at the general election later this year: 25% is as bad as they were getting at the nadir of John Major’s government (David Cameron did recover from a similarly low standing but that was in midterm, not a few months before polling day).

    Despite all Rishi Sunak’s efforts, the party has actually gone backwards slightly over the past 12 months.

    Sadiq Khan has been re-elected as the Mayor of London with the smallest mandate since the office was created 24 years ago, analysis from the Electoral Reform Society shows.

    The Labour politician won 43.8% of the vote, which was enough to secure him a third term under the new first past the post system.

    Labour MP Ellie Reeves has just congratulated Richard Parker on his “incredible result and significant victory” in the West Midlands.

    Labour won three of the eight police and crime commissioner elections declared on Saturday, gaining Cheshire from the Conservatives and holding West Midlands and Merseyside.

    The Conservatives held Hertfordshire and Dorset comfortably, and had narrow wins in Warwickshire by just 306 votes, 0.26%, Thames Valley by 2,343 (0.52%) and Wiltshire by 2,233 votes (1.79%).

    Labour gained nine PCCs from the Conservatives on Friday, as well as holding five.

    The party now has 17 PCCs, the same as the Conservatives, with Plaid Cymru retaining Dyfed-Powys.

    There are two results to be declared on Sunday, in Kent and Sussex.