Morley schoolgirl’s bid to become the Children’s Mayor of Leeds

Faye Cavanagh has reached the last 12 finalists of the Leeds Children's Mayor Election contest.AB325b1015
Faye Cavanagh has reached the last 12 finalists of the Leeds Children's Mayor Election contest.AB325b1015

A Morley schoolgirl is bidding to become the Children’s Mayor of Leeds after reaching the last 12 of the contest.

Faye Cavanagh, who goes to Hill Top Primary School in West Ardsley, will put forward her manifesto to councillors next month.

Faye, aged 10, wants to make Leeds a “quiet, calm and clean city”.

The Children’s Mayor role was created five years ago by Leeds City Council as part of their attempt to become the UK’s most child-friendly city in the UK and to ensure that young people are represented.

Faye’s manifesto includes an idea to get pupils cleaning up the area around their schools in the hope that other residents will take heart and support their local environment as well.

She also wants to build a place of peace for youngsters going through difficult times at home for them to relax, read or have some fun. To pay for this, she has suggested starting a sponsored fun run in the city.

Campaigning on a green platform, Faye says: “If I was Children’s Mayor I would create a quiet, calm and clean city, that would be a child friendly Leeds.

“This idea will benefit children and young adults because they will grow to love the city even more than they already do. The environment will also benefit from this because there will less pollution and less damage to the wildlife including foxes, birds and even domesticated pets.”

Faye’s dad Simon said: “It’s a fabulous opportunity for Faye, we’re extremely proud of her. To just get through to the final 12 is brilliant.

“She’s very environmentally aware and for her it’s about taking pride in the green spaces we have in Leeds because as a family we spend so much time going to parks. Hopefully if she does well it will put Morley on the map and get the town more involved in this next year.”

The manifestos of all the candidates are available to read at, and voters can indicate a preference for three entries. The deadline for votes is November 5, with the winner announced a week later.

Karen Hyams, head teacher at Hill Top School said: “We’re very proud of Faye and extremely proud of what he’s done. She’s having a really successful time at the moment and she’s a dedicated girl.”