The lowdown on metro mayors: Manchester and West Midlands

Campaigns by prospective metro mayors were already under way in six city regions when the snap general election was called. So will the surprise announcement affect the outcome? Mark Smulian reports

Greater Manchester

As if we needed any reminders, prime minister Theresa May’s unexpected call for a snap General Election on 8 June shows just how unpredictable politics can be. The surprise poll could significantly affect the ongoing metro mayor campaigns, where six city regions are set to go to vote on 4 May. At present, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority mayoralty looks safe for Labour’s