Almost 5 million out of 6.8 million eligible voters did not take part in the new devolved Mayoral Elections which took part across England this week, with turnout as low as 21.3% in Tees Valley. The total turnout for the six Mayoral elections was just 27.7%.
Mayoral Elections which took place in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough; West of England; Greater Manchester; West Midlands; Liverpool City Region; and Tees Valley, handed control over groups of councils, known as combined authorities, to elected Mayors. The powers vary in each region with Mayors having responsibilities over areas such as economic strategy, health, housing, and transport.
Former Health Secretary, Andy Burnham, was elected Mayor of Greater Manchester and ex-Managing Director of John Lewis, Andy Street, was elected West Midlands Mayor. Steve Rotheram won the Liverpool City Region for Labour, with the Conservatives winning the Mayoralties in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, West of England, and Tees Valley.
An estimated 4.9 million people out of a total 6.8 million did not vote in these elections. The highest turnout in the six new Mayoral Elections was in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough with 32.9%.
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