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Labour pipped in race for mayor

Labour was overtaken by an independent in the first of six mayoral races to be declared.

At Copeland, Cumbria, the party's Steve Gibbons was ahead by more than 3,000 votes on the first count under the supplementary voting system but he went down in the second and final round to non-party candidate Mike Starkie after the elimination from the race of the Tory runner and the transfer of second preferences.

This is the council's first mayoral contest after a referendum on the issue.

At Leicester, Labour mayor Sir Peter Soulsby defended his mayoral post, winning on the first count.

Despite the disastrous general election for the Lib Dems, the party's Dave Hodgson comfortably won the mayoral contest at Bedford.

Labour's David Budd scraped home with just 256 votes more than Independent Andy Preston in the second count at Middlesbrough to be elected as mayor.

At Torbay, Tory David Oliver was also involved in a close second-round contest to defeat Lib Dem Dennis Brewer by 621 votes to become mayor.

Mansfield Independents' Kate Allsop won at Mansfield despite a strong challenge from Labour's Martin Lee.

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