Today a Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor will be elected for only the second time.

The position - which is now the highest elected office in the region - was created in 2017 as part of a historic devolution deal with government.

That deal brought with it hundreds of millions of pounds and new powers over areas like transport, housing and skills.

The post was won first time round by former Labour MP Steve Rotheram - who became the first ever Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region.

Today he will be hoping to secure a second term in office - but three challengers will be doing their best to stop that from happening.

Going up against the Labour candidate today are Conservative hopeful Jade Marsden, Green candidate Gary Cargill and David Newman of the Liberal Democrats.

Like yesterday's Liverpool Mayor contest, the votes in this election - which were cast on Thursday - are counted in what is called a supplementary vote system.

Voters were asked to choose their first and second choice candidates.

If no one candidate secures more than 50% of the first choice votes to become elected - the race will go to a second round where second preferences will be counted.

Stay with us for all the action live from the Wavertree Tennis Centre in Liverpool today.

The results will appear in our live election tool as they come in.