Thursday, 23 October 2008

My colleague Hannah Lamplugh, our Participation Officer, sent me this...

"Dear Chris, I am delighted to let you know that this years Mayor for the Day competition has been a huge success. I have been working in partnership with Leeds City Council Democratic Services to support 15 schools to participate in this years Mayor for the Day competition. During Local Democracy Week, hundreds of young people voted for their favourite manifestos. The votes have now been counted and I can reveal that the winner is Sophie Cooper-Connolly from Boston Spa School. Second place goes to - Michaella Biscomb from Brigshaw High and in third place is Katrina Hendry from Corpus Christi Catholic College.

A record breaking 14 secondary schools and a SILC took part this year and we received almost 7000 votes from young people across the city. A display of all the student candidates and their manifestos will be on display at the Elmete Centre or you can read the manifestos on-line at These youn people, their parents and school colleagues have been invited to have tea with the Mayor and will have a tour of the civic on 6th November. Watch out for the winner and "Mayor for a Day" Sophie who will be switching on the Christmas Lights with a mystery celebrity on the 6th November. She will be presenting her manifesto which focuses on the "new arena" to the 99 Councillors in January 2009. The majority of the manifestos focused on "green travel" and the "new arena" and we will be providing all candidates with the opportunity to come together and explore their fantastic ideas with then relevant Councillors / colleagues within Children Leeds. Regards, Hannah"

Thanks Hannah.

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