Voters in South Yorkshire have elected a new metro mayor in the 2022 local elections.
The mayor is directly elected by voters from the districts of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield for a four-year term. The previous regional mayor was Labor MP Dan Jarvis, who decided not to seek a second term.
The mayor will work with the leaders of South Yorkshire’s four councils and has responsibilities in areas including transport, housing and planning. Six candidates stood for election and the parties represented were the Social Democratic Party, the Labor and Co-operative Party, the Liberal Democrats, the Conservative Party, the Green Party and the Yorkshire Party.
The mayoral election uses the supplementary voting system, which means that voters were able to choose a first-choice candidate and a second-choice candidate. If a candidate obtains more than 50% of the total votes cast in first choice, he is elected. Otherwise, second-preference votes are counted for the two candidates with the highest number of first-preference votes. The candidate with the most votes wins and is elected mayor.
For the latest coverage on Yorkshire and the election, visit Yorkshire Live.
Polling stations closed at 10 p.m. on Thursday May 5, with counting for the South Yorkshire mayoral election due to take place on Friday. Results are expected for the election from 4 p.m. Friday. You can see the full results as reported below.