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Rufford park pupil in running for Leeds Children’s Mayor title
A councillor is urging people to get behind a primary school pupil in her bid to become Leeds Children’s Mayor.
Otley and Yeadon councillor Ryk Downes met with youngsters at Rufford Park after learning that Charlotte Williams had been shortlisted in the competition.
He said: “It was fantastic to meet with the pupils at Rufford Park Primary School and hear Charlotte’s ideas about how she would make our city more child-friendly. All the children were very enthusiastic, which is great to see.
“The Children’s Mayor competition allows Year 6 pupils from across Leeds to put forward their own proposals about how they would improve the city if they were selected for the role.
“Charlotte’s manifesto puts forward the idea of promoting cycling for children by creating a borrow-a-bike scheme and by increasing the number of cycle paths to schools. This is particularly topical given that the Tour de France will be passing through Leeds and Otley next year.”
Matthew Simms, who goes to Horsforth Newlaithes school, is also in the running as one of the ten finalists.
In his manifesto, he says: “I dream of the day when all children can laugh and play.”
If Matthew was mayor he would want to hold “Krazy Kidz” events in public areas to encourage children to go out, to play and to socialise.
He says: “There are a lot of families that don’t have spare money after spending it on food, water, electricity, taxes and other necessities, so I think making Krazy Kidz events free would be a good idea for families who can’t afford to go to events like that.”
The events would include general life skills such as cooking, animal care and exercise.
Charlotte’s and Matthew’s manifestos can be found on the Breeze website at tinyurl.com/LCM2013. All votes must be cast by 5pm on Monday.
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