Chief executives and returning officers are calling for reforms so voters can check if they are already registered to vote after councils were inundated with duplicate applications in the run up to the registration deadline on Monday.
With the votes for metro-mayors counted and the results just declared, already some commentators have questioned the ‘low’ turnout in the six areas, how strong a mandate these new mayors really have to deliver devolution deals, and how lukewarm the next government may now be to devolution.
The majority of England’s first so-called metro mayors will be Conservative in a development few would have anticipated when devolution deals creating the new roles were agreed over the past two years.
The losing Labour candidate in the Tees Valley mayoral contest has refused to blame her party’s national leadership for the shock defeat and vowed to work with the new Tory mayor to improve the region’s economy.
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