THE Chamber of Commerce has called the election of new Mayor for York and North Yorkshire as 'historic moment' for the region.

Labour Party candidate David Skaith was elected to serve as the first ever mayor for York and North Yorkshire.

The result of the election was announced today (Friday, May 3) in Harrogate after voters had gone to the polls yesterday.

The vote is a major moment for a long-awaited devolution deal for the region, and the mayor will oversee the York and North Yorkshire Combined Authority, which launched on February 1.

The York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce has congratulated Mr Skaith on his win.

A Chamber spokesperson said: "York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce congratulates David Skaith on winning the election to become mayor of York & North Yorkshire.

"The election of Mr Skaith is an historic moment in our region’s proud history and we look forward to working with him on ensuring our region’s business community is able to flourish under his leadership.

"Our membership is clear that our priorities centre around improved inward investment, transport connectivity upgrades and a more pro-enterprise mindset when it comes to planning.

"We look forward to working with Mr Skaith on making these priorities a reality."