Liam Byrne has been selected as Labour’s candidate for the West Midlands Mayoral Election that is due to take place in May.
A Labour spokesperson said:
“Out of a total of 6,948 valid votes, Liam Byrne received 3,105 first preference votes, Pete Lowe received 2,034 and Salma Yaqoob received 1,809. Five votes were recorded as invalid.
“After the redistribution of second preferences, Liam Byrne had received 425 additional votes and Pete Lowe had received 686 additional votes. A further 698 votes were non-transferrable.
“Therefore, after second preferences had been distributed, Liam Byrne received 56.5% of the vote and Pete Lowe received 43.5%.”
Jack Dromey MP, said:
“A massive congratulations to Liam Byrne on being selected as Labour’s candidate for the West Midlands Mayoral Election.
Liam has the vision and the experience to transform our region for the better. Rooted in the community he serves, he has been a steadfast champion for the region both locally and in Parliament, passionately advocating for causes close to his heart. His commitment to tackling the biggest issues facing our region today, such as homelessness, poverty, crime, the climate crisis and the mounting problems facing our manufacturing base, is exactly what we need from our next Mayor.
We have 90 days until the Mayoral Election in May, so we need every Labour supporter to get behind Liam and help him take the fight to Andy Street and the Tories, putting the heart into the heart of England, the West Midlands.”