Don’t miss the vote in Leeds children’s mayor race

Hannah Begum.
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Move over Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton – the most important political campaign of the year is happening right here in Leeds.

A dozen youngsters from across the city are currently bidding to be named the new Leeds children’s mayor.

They have each produced a manifesto based on issues such as equality, feeling happy at school and maintaining a clean and tidy environment.

And now they are hoping their ideas will prove enough to win the support of their peers in an online vote.

Leeds City Council’s Coun Lisa Mulherin, executive board member for children’s services, said: “Part of our aim to be a child friendly city is about giving young people a voice and putting their ideas into action, and the children’s mayor competition is a wonderful opportunity to do just that.

“Not only will the winner represent the children of Leeds at many exciting events throughout the year, they will also get to share their manifesto with all of the councillors here at Leeds City Council and see how their ideas could be put into action.”

Thousands of votes were cast in last year’s children’s mayor election, which was won by Hunslet Moor Primary School pupil Hannah Begum.

Year six pupils from a total of 36 Leeds schools submitted manifestos this time around, with the final shortlist of 12 being picked by a panel of expert judges.

Children and young people can run the rule over the candidates’ manifestos and place their votes by visiting the web page.

The 12 mayoral hopefuls are Isobel Long, Lillie Benn, Esme Astbury, Martha Marjoram, Alfie Swindlehurst, Grace Branford, Erin Shillito, Isha Faisal, Abby Warner, Lily Barton, Ruby Matthews and Erin Middleton.

To keep up to date with the latest campaign news, follow @LSChildrenMayor on Twitter.

Voting closes at midnight on Friday, November 4.