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Local election 2021 RESULTS LIVE – Angela Rayner sacked as Labour party chairman after Red Wall humiliation

SIR Keir Starmer has sacked Angela Rayner as labour Party chair following humiliation in the local elections.

"Keir said he was taking full responsibility for the result of the elections - and he said we need to change," a Labour source told Sky News.

Rayner remains the party's deputy leader as that is an elected position.

It comes after Boris Johnson completed a hattrick of stonking victories in Labour’s former heartlands.

Conservative Andy Street this afternoon stormed reelection as mayor of the West Midlands with a swelled majority, following yesterday’s Tory wins in Hartlepool and Tees Valley.

Mr Street, who sneaked a surprise victory in 2017, put more than 47,043 votes past his Labour rival, the former Cabinet minister Liam Byrne. 

The triple-whammy defeat has sparked serious soul-searching within Labour - as well as a furious blame-game among rival factions.

Some small comforts were taken with Labour holds in the Manchester and Liverpool mayoral races, with London also set to stay red.

Allies of Sir Keir rallied round their leader, and pointed to the pandemic as a hindrance to his ability to campaign.

It came as: 

Read our Local Elections 2021 live blog below for up to the minute updates...

  • FINAL RESULTS FROM BIRMINGHAM - ANDY STREET WINS

    Andy Street significantly increased his majority winning the West Midlands mayoral election.

  • LABOUR LEADER ANGELA RAYNER SACKED AS CHAIRMAN POST ELECTION

    Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner has been sacked as party chairman in the aftermath of election results.

  • WHO IS SADIQ KHAN'S WIFE SAADIYA KHAN?

    Khan married Saadiya Ahmed in 1994.

    She is a solicitor and was raised in the Islamic faith.

    Two years ago Khan was branded a hypocrite after he criticised workers who get paid through their own company - even though Saadiya did the same thing.

    The Mayor of London's solicitor wife Saadiya has raked in thousands through her own "personal service company".

    The Sun revealed that Mr Khan's wife, who practices law under her maiden name Saadiya Ahmad, funnels some earnings through her own "consultancy" firm.

  • TORIES GET THEIR HATRICK

    Conservative Andy Street this afternoon stormed reelection as mayor of the West Midlands with a swelled majority, following yesterday’s Tory wins in Hartlepool and Tees Valley.

    Mr Street, who sneaked a surprise victory in 2017, put more than 47,043 votes past his Labour rival, the former Cabinet minister Liam Byrne. 

    The triple-whammy defeat has sparked serious soul-searching within Labour - as well as a furious blame-game among rival factions.

  • STURGEON LAYS DOWN GAUNTLET TO BORIS

    Nicola Sturgeon dared Boris Johnson to block a second independence referendum, saying: "You will not succeed."

    Although she failed to secure an outright SNP majority, the First Minister said the likely pro-independence majority with Greens commands a mandate for Indyref2.

    She told the BBC: "‘For any Westminster politician who tries to stand in the way of that I would say two things.

    ‘First, you are not picking a fight with the SNP, you are picking a fight with the democratic wishes of the Scottish people.

    “Second, you will not succeed. The only people who can decide the future of Scotland are the Scottish people, and no Westminster politician can, or should, stand in the way of that.”

  • LABOUR GAIN MAYORALTY FROM TORIES

    Labour candidate Dan Norris has been elected West of England mayor, beating Conservative candidate Samuel Williams.

    The position had been held by Tory TIm Bowles, who stood down at this election.

    Mr Norris said: "It's a huge honour to be elected. Thank you.

    "I will show the difference an active metro mayor makes for our region. This role is about collaboration and I'll listen carefully and work co-operatively."

  • SNP LOSE CRUCIAL BATTLEGROUND

    The SNP have lost the Aberdeenshire West constituency to the Tories, all but dashing Nicola Sturgeon's hopes of landing a majority.

  • ANDY BURNHAM WINS MANCHESTER MAYORALTY

    As predicted, Andy Burnham cruised to an emphatic win to be reelected Mayor of Greater Manchester.

    The Labour incumbent took a staggering 473,000 votes, beating his closest Tory rival on 114,000.

    In his victory speech he said: "I will continue to adopt a place-first, not a party-first approach.

    "Where the government gets it right and treats us fairly I will work with them.

    "But where they don't I will challenge them for you as forcefully as I can. Greater Manchester deserves nothing less."

  • SADIQ KHAN MARCHING TOWARDS REELECTION IN LONDON

    Sadiq Khan was this afternoon inching towards reelection as London mayor after some early jitters.

    The Labour incumbent had taken 40 per cent all counted votes at 4pm, pulling away from his Tory rival Shaun Bailey on 35 per cent.

    The race for City Hall has proved much tighter than expected, with some pre-election polls projecting Mr Khan to cruise to a first round victory.

    As things stand the contest will go to second preference votes, which will likely push Mr Khan over the line. A result is not expected until 9pm.

  • TORY SURGE IN ROTHERHAM

  • TORIES JUST SHORT OF FIRST ROUND VICTORY IN WEST MIDLANDS

    Andy Street fell slightly short of winning the West Midlands mayoralty in the first round of voting.

    The Tory incumbent took 299,318 of first preference votes, well ahead of Labour rival Liam Byrne's 244,009.

    Counting of second preferences will now take place, with a result likely declared in the next couple of hours.

    A Labour loss in their former heartlands would be another crushing blow for Sir Keir Starmer, who should be winning in these areas.

  • SNP MAJORITY "ON A KNIFE EDGE"

    The leader of the Scottish Conservatives has said the SNP's chances of a majority are too close to call.

    All results are due to be announced within the next few hours, but it is clear Nicola Sturgeon's party are cruising to a fourth term at Holyrood.

    All eyes now are on whether they can win 65 seats - enough for a majority.

    Scots Tory leader Douglas Ross said of her chances of clinching a majority: "It's on a knife edge and that's where we still are.

    "There are crucial seats still to declare and the picture will be clear by the end of today. But absolutely it is extremely close."

  • LABOUR'S SOUL SEARCHING CONTINUES

    A member of Sir Keir Starmer's frontbench team has said Labour has been "talking to ourselves" for too long.

    Shadow business minister Lucy Powell said the party would undergo and urgent policy review following thrashings in Hartlepool and Tees Valley.

    She told the BBC: "It’s very clear that we do need to accelerate the change in the Labour party but also the vision we have for the country."

    She added: "For too long as a party we have been talking to ourselves, looking inward. We’ve not been addressing the issues."

  • LABOUR HOLDS POWER IN WALES

    Labour will form the next government in Wales after winning 30 out of 60 seats.

    Mark Drakeford was left one shy of a majority after counting finished and all constituencies declared.

    He could look to form a coalition with other parties such as the Lib Dems, but health minister Vaughan Gething today said they could govern alone.

  • ALEX SALMOND SAYS ALBA UNLIKELY TO WIN A SINGLE SEAT

    Alex Salmond said the votes his Alba Party has received are likely not enough to win them any Holyrood seats.

    The former first minister said: "I've obviously looked at the ballot boxes at the count and they've given us some very good ones - Aberdeenshire had over 10 per cent in a couple of the ballot boxes

    "But in some of the big ballot boxes, I think we ended up over three 3 per cent in Aberdeenshire East, the same in Banff and Buchan, a bit more actually, which I'm pleased with because these are our best results in Scotland.

    "But that doesn't get you a seat. You need 4.5 per cent, maybe 5 per cent to get a seat. But nonetheless its a credible performance for a party which has just celebrated its sixth birthday - in other words we are six weeks old."

  • MARK DRAKEFORD: "I WILL BE RADICAL IN GOVERNMENT"

    Welsh Labour leader Mark Drakeford has vowed to lead a "radical" government if returned as First Minister.

    The party is one seat short of an overall majority in the Senedd and looks unlikely to win any of the four remaining seats.

    He will now talk to other parties, including former coalition partner the Lib Dems, to form an administration.

    Mr Drakeford, whose public profile has ballooned during the pandemic, said: "The government I lead will continue to follow the science to do what our medical advisers tells us we should do, and that does mean doing things in a way that continues to keep Wales safe.

    "But on other matters, our manifesto is a radical manifesto with a host of ideas that are ambitious for Wales."

  • LABOUR HOLD LIVERPOOL MAYORALTY

    Labour's Steve Rotheram has been emphatically re-elected as the city's metro mayor on the first round of voting.

    The former MP took 58.2 per cent of the vote, winning 198,736 ballots.

    He said: "It's a massive vote of confidence in the power of devolution and the work I've done so far - now the government has to back further devo."

  • LABOUR HOLD NORTH TYNESIDE MAYORALTY

    Labour have won the North Tyneside mayoralty, with the party's Norma Redfearn re-elected for a third time.

    The popular incumbent stormed to victory with 33,119 votes, miles ahead of her Tory rival on 19,366.

    Unlike traditional Labour strongholds such as Hartlepool and Tees Valley - where the Tories cleaned up - this result was never really in doubt.

  • SNP'S PATH TO MAJORITY IS "VERY, VERY NARROW"

    Chris Musson, Scottish Political Editor:

    Two marginal seats could hold the key to the SNP winning an overall majority today.

    Conservative-held Aberdeenshire West and Galloway & West Dumfries are both due to declare later.

    If the SNP win one - or both - it's possible they will grab the elusive 65 MSPs needed for a Holyrood majority. 

    Speaking last night after the SNP missed out on their top target - Labour-held Dumbarton - , elections expert Professor Sir John Curtice said there was "still a pathway" to an overall SNP majority but said: "It's a very, very narrow one.

  • DOES NICOLA STURGEON HAVE A MANDATE FOR INDYREF2?

    Even if Nicola Sturgeon fails to clinch her prized majority, the SNP will still easily be the largest party in Holyrood by the end of the weekend.

    Senior Nats are already starting to agitate for a second referendum, pointing to a likely "pro-independence" majority with the Greens.

    Speaking on Sky News just now, SNP MSP Neil Gray said: "There is going to be an overwhelming mandate for a second referendum when we see the conclusion of these results today and tomorrow.

    "I think the pressure on Boris Johnson to deliver that second referendum will be overwhelming."

    But Scottish Tory MSP Annie Wells disagreed, pointing out that Sturgeon previously told unionists who like her personally to vote SNP.

    She said: "That clearly shows that not every vote for the SNP is about independence."

  • MORE RED BRICKS FALLING...

    Rotherham has seen a complete change of heart with the previously Labour-strong councillors turning a shade of blue.

    Until yesterday there were no Conservative councillors, but today there are 15, with the count still going.

    Labour has 18 councillors from the 25 wards, so it doesn't appear likely the Tories could get control of the council.

    But it's a clear indication things are changing in the once Northern Labour strongholds.

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