The people of Greater Manchester took to the polls on Thursday in the mayoral election.

Voters had their say on who they think should be the Greater Manchester mayor and leader of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).

The election took place on May 6 after being postponed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Seeing as the pandemic persists, changes were made at polling stations to ensure they were Covid-secure.

The count for mayoral elections across the country, including in our region, took place on Saturday.

You can see the results as they are announced below.

It comes after the first mayoral election took place in 2017, where Labour candidate Andy Burnham was appointed.

At the time, there was a major shift in how the country is run - with powers, budgets and responsibilities passed down from central government to new directly-elected mayors in six regions across England.

The mayor has power over investment directly to the combined authority from the government of £30 million a year for 30 years.

Accountable to and representing the people of all 10 boroughs in Greater Manchester, the mayor steers the work of GMCA, leading on issues such as the economy, transport, police and fire services.

The mayor is chair and the 11th member of GMCA and the leaders of the 10 councils form the mayor’s Cabinet. They are also supported by a deputy mayor for Policing and Crime, and a deputy mayor for Economic Growth and Business.

The job of the mayor ranges from setting budgets and priorities for Greater Manchester’s public services to acting as an ambassador for the region. Responsibilities include:

The mayor is able to make some decisions independently, but others involve consultation with, and approval of, all 11 members of the GMCA. Some decisions need unanimous support, others need a majority.

Local councils are still best placed to meet the day-to-day needs of its residents – for example, bin collections, housing, street cleaning, and licensing.

The 10 leaders continue to lead their own councils, and the mayor along with the GMCA do not replace, nor can they overrule the 10 local councils.

Local council elections also took place on the same day on Thursday, May 6.