Throughout October and into November, over 10,000 votes were cast for the next Children's Mayor of Leeds. The result of the vote was revealed during the finals night on Tuesday 8th November with Grace Branford from Drighlington Primary School receiving the most votes and becoming our 12th Children's Mayor of Leeds.
Grace's winning manifesto is called "Be a good citizen - love thy neighbour" and is all about schools giving back to their communities.
What is the Leeds Children's Mayor programme?
Every year, year six pupils in primary schools are invited to enter the Leeds Children’s Mayor programme. Pupils write a short manifesto saying how they would improve Leeds if they were the Children’s Mayor.
From all the entries, the twelve finalists are chosen by a panel of children and young people. Children and young people in the city are then asked to vote for who they would like to elect as their next Children's Mayor - and the winner is announced by the Lord Mayor at an event every November. In the 2015 elections, over 13,000 votes were cast by children and young people in Leeds.
The first major duty of the new Children's Mayor is to help switch on the Leeds Christmas Lights. In January they are invited to attend a full council meeting to read their manifesto out to all 99 city councillors. This is called a 'deputation'.
After their 'deputation' the idea is passed to the City Council's 'executive board' who then write a report containing ideas on how to support the winning idea.
For more information about the project and how to get involved please email email@example.com