Leeds Children's Mayor

2018 Elections - how to vote

Voting is now open to elect the 2018/19 Children's Mayor of Leeds. You have until 5pm on 19th September to cast your vote!

This year, hundreds of children wrote ideas on how they would make Leeds a better city if they were the Children's Mayor.  50 schools submitted entrants which were then shortlisted down to a final 12 by a panel of children and young people and it is now up to you to vote for your winner!

Click the image below to start the voting process by reading the ideas from the 12 finalists.


Isla - the 2017/18 Children's Mayor



On the 27th of September 2017, the Lord Mayor of Leeds announced that Isla Bentley from Gildersome Primary School had been elected as the new Children's Mayor.

Over 6,000 children and young people voted in the election and out of all the 12 finalists, Isla's idea "Kindness Costs Nothing" was the most popular! Since being elected, Isla has worked with staff from Leeds City Council to put her idea into action by running "Generous June" - a focused period where local primary schools encouraged their pupils to do random acts of kindness. You can read all about it in our Generous June Report.

About the project:

Now entering its 15th year and celebrating a record 50+ schools taking part, Leeds Children's Mayor is an annual citizenship programme for primary schools. It engages children in the process of voting and democracy and promotes a better understanding of rights and responsibilities.

Schools enter a Year 5 candidate during the summer term. Entries are shortlisted down to a final 12 by a panel of children and young people, including the previous years' finalists.

Voting takes place during the summer when anyone aged 18 or under can vote for who they want to be the next Children's Mayor. This year, over 6000 voters took part either in their schools or youth groups, online or by using our pop up polling stations around the city.

2016-17 Children's Mayor of Leeds, Grace

Grace Branford from Drighlington Primary School was elected in 2016 as the 14th Children's Mayor of Leeds. Grace's winning manifesto was called "Be a good citizen - love thy neighbour"and was about schools giving back to their local communities. In 2017, Grace's idea was realised with her Kind Minds Mission? and thanks to her passion for making a difference, 19 primary school took part.



If you have any further questions about the programme please email: leedschildrensmayor@leeds.gov.uk or call 07712 214392. You can also follow us on Twitter @LSChildrenMayor