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Labour loses metro mayor election in Tees Valley in disastrous election result in party's northern heartlands

Labour has lost the metro mayor election in Tees Valley - an area that contains huge swathes of the party's northern heartlands.

In a disastrous result for Labour, Conservative Ben Houchen won the election after a run-off against rival Sue Jeffrey.

At the 2015 general election Labour won 43.3% share of the vote across the Tees Valley region, the Tories got 29.9% and UKIP received 17.2%.

It comes on a disastrous day for Labour as the party has so far lost more than 160 seats.

Meanwhile the Conservatives have gained more than 300.

Conservative Ben Houchen won more than 40,000 votes
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Tees Valley is made up of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees.

Mr Houchen won 40,278 votes (39.45%), Ms Jeffrey received 39,797, Liberal Democrat Chris Foote Wood won 12,550 (12.29%) and John Tennant from Ukip received 9,475 (9.28%).

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The result was declared shortly after Labour's Steve Rotheram won a massive majority to become metro mayor of the Liverpool city region.

Metro mayors will oversee a multi-million pound devolution packages.

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