On Monday 23rd October I took to the streets with Leeds Children’s Mayor candidate Alfie Swindlehurst, a pupil at Holy Trinity Cookridge, to clean up the streets. Alfie brought along a few friends to help and put his words into action to prove he means what he says.

I am very pleased to be part of Alfie’s campaign. Alfie has put forward a great manifesto to keep our streets clean and pleasant and to ensure our city is a great place to live. I am a Governor at Holy Trinity and it is lovely to have a pupil there in the final 12 for the Children’s Mayor. Alfie came up with the idea of a litter pick and he has shown he means business by not just getting himself involved but roping in his friends and family too. We had a great morning litter picking in Cookridge. The children enjoyed it; we got lots of positive comments from passers-by which encouraged the children who were all very enthusiastic.

We were ably supported by the staff in the Street Cleansing team who provided jackets and litter picking equipment for all of us.

Alfie led the way and put his manifesto commitment into action. I am very grateful to the Street Cleansing team for providing us with the equipment and I wish Alfie every success in his campaign to be elected Leeds Children’s Mayor.

Alfie’s manifesto and that of the other candidates can be found here:, where voting has now gone live.

Voting is open to young people in Leeds aged 18 or below (or the age of 25 if they have additional needs).   All votes must be cast by 5pm on Friday  4th November