25 Feb Mayoral elections 2021
Mayoral elections take place on Thursday May 6 in Bristol, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Doncaster, Greater Manchester, Liverpool, Liverpool City Region, London, North Tyneside, Salford, Tees Valley, West of England, West Midlands, and West Yorkshire.
The mayoral polls use the supplementary voting (SV) system where if any candidate obtains more than half the vote in the first round of voting they are elected immediately. But if no candidate achieves more than 50% the two candidates with the most votes go into a second-round contest. All the others are eliminated and their second-preference votes are distributed to the two remaining candidates to decide the outcome.
Wire messages for these polls will be sent in plain text (TTY) format.
For details of messages in XML format for digital products, please see the page on XML format under Delivery Methods.
Key dates and times:
- Nominations close: Thursday April 8.
- Polling Day: Thursday May 6 – polling from 0700 to 2200.
- Declarations: To be confirmed.
PA serial numbers for areas with mayoral polls:
- Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
- Greater Manchester
- Liverpool City Region
- North Tyneside
- Tees Valley
- West of England
- West Midlands
- West Yorkshire
Nominations for each of the mayoral elections will be sent as soon as possible after they become available on the closing date.
The catchline will be topic ELECTION, keyword Nominations Mayor followed by the specific election. For example, the Bristol mayoral nominations will be catchlined: ELECTION Nominations Mayor Bristol
The category code will be: XTA
The party order for nominations will be: Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green,, followed by minor parties ranked alphabetically by party name.
Note that, because each election is a separate entity in our system, XML format nominations and results will have different party IDs for the same parties in the 13 polls. Customers must ensure they use the IDs specific to each poll.
The message will include a historical summary of the result from the previous main election.
Revised sets of mayoral nominations will be sent as necessary in the run-up to polling day, with a final run on the afternoon of Wednesday May 5.
As soon as the winner is declared, whether it is after the first or second round of voting, a rush will be sent.
The catchline will be topic POLL, keyword Mayor followed by the specific election and council serial number. For example, rush with the outcome of the Bristol mayoral election will be catchlined: POLL Mayor Bristol 1
The category code will be: XTJ
Fictional examples of the text:
- Sir John James (C) elected on first count at Bristol
- Heather Wilson (Lab) elected on second count at Salford
Detailed results will be sent after each round of voting.
They will be catchlined POLL Mayor followed by the specific election and council serial number. For example, mayoral results from Bristol will be catchlined: POLL Mayor Bristol 1
The category code will be: XTP
Under first-count details, we will give candidates in vote order with their party, vote, vote share and change since the previous elections.
If a candidate is elected at this stage, there then follows the word “Elected:” followed by the winner’s name.
However, if no-one has been elected and there is to be a second round, the message will state “Eliminated:” and give the names of the eliminated candidates.
In both cases, this is followed by electorate, turnout and turnout change and the previous election summary.
A second-round result, when sent, will start with a repeat of the first-round details.
These will be followed with the names of the eliminated candidates whose votes are being distributed.
Then will follow the names of the two remaining candidates with their second-round votes only – no percentages.
Then comes the word “Elected:” followed by the winner’s name.
This is followed by electorate, turnout and turnout change and the previous election summary.
As an example, here is the result of the May 2016 Bristol mayoral election after two rounds of voting:
If a result has to be corrected, the catchline will be styled POLL Correction Mayor followed by the specific election and constituency number. Example: POLL Correction Mayor Bristol 1. Where there is a change to the winning party a rush correction will be sent, catchlined in the same way.
Parties and abbreviations for the eight mayoral polls will appear here:
Quick Reference Table
Catchlines and category codes:
:: Nominations: ELECTION Nominations Mayor (followed by election and mayoral serial number) – XTA
:: Rush: POLL Mayor (followed by election and mayoral serial number) – XTJ
:: Result: POLL Mayor (followed by election and mayoral serial number) – XTP
:: Rush correction: POLL Correction Mayor (followed by election and mayoral serial number) – XTJ
:: Result correction: POLL Correction Mayor (followed by election and mayoral serial number) – XTP
Elections Live Coverage
All narrative copy, claims/pointers (giving indications for key councils in advance of final declarations), reaction and analysis, will run in the general news service. On the wire, these messages will use the usual editorial code: HHH
We will be sending test results ahead of the election. Fictitious candidate names and voting figures will be generated at random. Please see separate advisory for the provisional test programme.
All test material will be marked clearly as “PA Test” and the word “Test” will appear in fictional candidate names.
You MUST check before polling day that any test material has been cleared from your systems.