Voting is underway for Leeds Children’s Mayor

The nationally commended Leeds Children’s Mayor competition is up and running again and voting has started on the top 10 manifestos.

For this year’s competition, Year Six children from primary schools across Leeds were asked to submit manifestos based on one of the 12 wishes for a more Child Friendly Leeds, which include travel, healthy lifestyles, safe play areas, jobs and learning.

The manifestos have been short listed down to a final ten by a panel of councillors and members of the youth council. The ten finalists’ manifestos have now been uploaded to the Breeze website and the Leeds Learning Network allowing people across the city to vote for their three favourite entries.

The ten finalists will be invited for tea with the Lord Mayor on 8 November where the winner will be announced, who will then accompany the Lord Mayor to the turning on of the Leeds Lights.

Previous winner Joe Smith, who won with his manifesto – ‘Keeping Kids Active’ said:

“It was a really exciting year with plenty of different opportunities. I met loads of really great people and attended lots of events, including the Leeds Lights Switch On.

Councillor Judith Blake, Leeds City Council executive board member for children’s services said:

“There have been some excellent ideas coming in from young people across the city about how we can make Leeds more Child Friendly.

“A key part of our ambition to become a Child Friendly City is the voice and influence of young people and this competition is just one way we can demonstrate this commitment. It is a wonderful opportunity for young people to get involved and get a taste of democracy at work.”

To vote, young people can visit the Breeze website at http://www.breezeleeds.org/pg/228/Leeds_Children's_Mayor or log on to the Leeds Learning Network to vote for their top three manifestos.

Notes to editors:

Previously known as ‘Mayor for a day’, the programme has been so successful in recent years that it was ‘highly commended’ by The Municipal Journal this year and renamed ‘Leeds Children’s Mayor’ as the programme has now been extended to last over a full year.

The manifestos that have been shortlisted are:

Meg Harris,Whinmoor St Paul’s C/E Primary - Keep Calm & Be Healthy

Harleem Comrie , Swarcliffe Primary - Travel safely, travel SMART (Safe Movement Around Town)

Grace Armitage,St Benedict’s Catholic Primary - Breaking Barriers, Building Futures

Tyler Golden, Sharp Lane Primary - Save children from boredom!

Laura Paul, Robin Hood Primary - A Council for Children

Max Trotter, Queensway Primary – CareerKidz

Hasan Ali, Harehills Primary - Feel heard, be heard

Cameron Jackson, Carr Manor Primary - Think Bike. Think Safe

Oliver Larking , Bardsey Primary - Leeds offers fun, free, fitness for the family!!

Hafsah Ayaz, Bankside Primary - Learners today, leaders tomorrow


For media enquiries, please contact;

Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk