Live updates from West Yorkshire Mayoral Election 2021 count
Votes were cast on Thursday, but counting for the West Yorkshire mayor has begun today (Sunday).
Follow our live blog below for the results and reaction.
Last updated: Sunday, 09 May, 2021, 19:57
- Voters from across West Yorkshire elect the county’s first metro mayor - including from Leeds, Kirklees, Calderdale, Wakefield and Bradford
- Tracy Brabin, Labour expected to win
“Growing up on free school meals in a Birstall council flat, inspired by the Batley Variety Club to pursue a life as an actor, I never imagined I would be elected as a member of parliament for my hometown, let alone be asked to serve as the first ever metro mayor for West Yorks.”
“My belief is as strong as ever that Labour still has the right answers for our towns and cities and villages. The election results have shown how hard we should work to prove that, and I won’t ever take your support for granted.”
“I hope in some small way, my election will say to working class kids across our region: it doesn’t matter where you live, what your parents do for a living, how much money you have in the bank or where you went to school. You can reach the very top.”
Tracy Brabin: “It is an honour just can’t put into words.”
photo: PA Wire/ Amy Murphy
Our reporter Richard Beecham is at Leeds First Direct Arena and said he’s heard everything from “one hour” to “9pm” on the second preference announcement.
He said votes are still being counted so it is likely to be at least 6pm before we hear a result.
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