In summer 2009 the idea for Junior and Young Lord Mayors for Liverpool came from the Members of the Liverpool Schools’ Parliament.
They saw this as a means of raising the positive profile of the children and young people of Liverpool amongst the general public. It also led to those involved as either Junior or Young Lord Mayors being given an insight to aspects of life within Liverpool that usually with which they would not come into contact.
Any member of the Schools’ Parliament can stand for election to be either a Junior Lord Mayor representing the primary schools or a Young Lord Mayor representing those aged 11+
To present this opportunity to as many children and young people as possible there is 1 Junior Lord Mayor and 1 Young Lord Mayor for each month of the year making 24 in total – some of these are reserved for certain groups within the Parliament such as those attending Special Schools, Looked After Children, Hospital Youth Forum etc
All candidates have to give a speech in front of their fellow members who then vote. The elections take place in October. An Inauguration Ceremony takes place in early November in the Council Chamber at Liverpool Town Hall. This event is attended by the Lord Mayor, the Leaders of the Political Parties in Liverpool and representatives of Children’s Services.
Once elected Junior and Young Lord Mayors in conjunction with family, school and the Civic Office decide upon which events they would like to attend during their month of office.