Steve Rotheram has stormed to victory and been re-elected as the Mayor of the Liverpool City Region.

Mayor Rotheram was the first person elected to the new position after it was created in 2017 as part of a new devolution deal with government that brought brand new powers to the region,.

Today he was comfortably re-elected for what will now be a three year term after elections were delayed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Labour candidate easily fended off competition from Tory, Green and Liberal Democrat challengers to win on the first round of voting - securing a total of 198.726 votes.

His closest challenger was Tory Jade Marsden who achieved 66,702 votes, with Green Gary Cargill securing 40,211 votes and Lib Dem Deavid Newman last on 35,049.

And he will particularly be buoyed by the fact he seriously outperformed the Labour vote in Liverpool's mayoral and local elections yesterday.

While the party in the city was hurt as voters turned away following a recent corruption scandal - people in the city of Liverpool and across the region have given Mayor Rotheram a strong mandate and a ringing endorsement.

In the city of Liverpool vote, Mayor Rotheram secured 66,995 of the 100,167 votes - a 66% share.

This was around 15% up on Labour's overall vote share in Liverpool yesterday and 25% up on the first choice votes for new city mayor Joanne Anderson.

Overall Mayor Rotheram won 58.2% of the votes - which is around 12% up on the Labour vote share in yesterday's results.

It means he will once again sit at the top of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and take on the key strategic role to drive improvement and progress across the region - backed by a serious mandate.

The Liverpool City Region is made up of six boroughs - Liverpool, Wirral, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and Halton.

As Metro Mayor, he will chair meetings of the leaders of those boroughs and make key decisions in areas like transport, housing, economic development and skills.

Sometimes criticised for a lack of presence in the first few years of the role, Mayor Rotheram has risen to greater prominence in recent years - particularly during the coronavirus pandemic.

With the city region badly affected by the virus and the very first to be placed into Tier 3 restrictions last year, he negotiated with government to secure a financial deal as new measures were brought in.

In his second term, the recovery from the pandemic will be a top priority for the Metro Mayor - with the region's reliance on tourism, hospitality and the visitor economy meaning it was harder hit that many areas.

He has championed the idea of building back better and says this region can lead a green recovery that will also tackle the growing threat of climate change.