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Tees Valley Combined Authority Mayoral election

The Tees Valley Combined Authority Mayor is accountable to and represents around 670,000 people across all five Tees Valley boroughs. Their main role is to steer the work of Tees Valley Combined Authority, the body that drives economic growth and job creation in the area.

The Mayor is accountable to both local people and central Government. They are able to make some decisions independently but others involve consultation with, and approval of, all five leaders of Tees Valley's local councils. Some decisions need unanimous support, others need a majority.

The five Tees Valley councils continue to exist in their own right, delivering local services and meeting the day-to-day needs of residents. The Mayor and Combined Authority do not replace and cannot overrule local councils.

The job of the Mayor includes:

  • setting budgets and priorities for economic development
  • acting as an ambassador for our region to attract inward investment
  • being responsible for a £588million Tees Valley Investment Plan covering many areas of investment across the Tees Valley
  • the running of other Tees Valley Combined Authority Group organisations

The next Tees Valley Combined Authority Mayoral election is due to take place on Thursday 2 May 2024.

2021 Tees Valley Combined Authority Mayoral election results

On Thursday 6 May 2021 an election for a new Mayor for the Tees Valley Combined Authority was held.

Ben Houchen, the Conservative Party candidate, was elected.

Name of candidate


Number of votes

Houchen, Ben

The Conservative Party Candidate

121,964 (elected)

Jacobs, Jessie Joe Asher

Labour and Co-operative Party



There were 1056 rejected ballot papers. The electorate consisted of 168,661 people. Turnout was 33.95%.

You can more about what the Mayor does on the Tees Valley Combined Authority website.