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Tim Bowles, the Conservative candidate running for election as mayor of the West of England, has won the post in the second round of voting.

The West of England mayoral vote went to a second round after none of the candidates secured more than 50 per cent of the vote in the first round.

Mr Bowles beat Labour candidate Lesley Mansell following the count of second preference votes, making him the first to hold the new post representing Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire authorities.

Labour’s Ros Jones was re-elected as mayor in Doncaster.

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