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In the West Midlands the Conservatives’ Andy Street was set to pull off a shock. He topped the first preference votes, beating Labour’s Sion Simon.
Mr Street, the former boss of retailer John Lewis, received 216,280 votes to Mr Simon’s 210,259. The Lib Dems came third with 30,378 followed by Ukip with 29,051. Labour will hope to pick up 5,696 second preference votes from Communist Graham Stevenson but much will depend on the Lib Dems and the 24,263 Greens.

Mr Street won 41.92 per cent of the vote. At the 2015 general election the Conservatives received 32.5 per cent and Labour 42 per cent. The businessman won heavily in Brexit voting areas such as Walsall and Dudley, where he won more than half the vote. These are areas the Tories are targeting in the general election.

The final results are expected around 6pm.

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