Hannah Nazir elected as 2016 Children’s Champion
Marland Hill pupil Hannah Nazir has been elected as Children’s Champion for 2016, becoming the voice of primary-age children across the borough of Rochdale.
Hannah, 10, from Deeplish, was elected with 23% of 7,618 votes cast by students in all 70 primary schools and is joined by Deputy Children’s Champion Madeleine Bamford, 10, a pupil at Crossgate Primary School.
Hannah’s manifesto includes a campaign for internet safety awareness, for more activities in youth clubs and the introduction of swimming lessons for year 4 pupils.
As well as campaigning to achieve their election pledges, Hannah and Madeleine will be meeting cabinet members, fundraising for the Mayor’s charities, attending occasions like the Mayor Making and even opening events throughout the year.
Hannah and Madeleine were elected from a shortlist of six candidates, which also included Charlie Kennedy, Henry Leahy, Isabel Foley and Katy Cliffe. The shortlisted candidates recorded a one-minute manifesto video which was shown in primary schools prior to the ballot.
The Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Ray Dutton, said: “It takes a lot of nerve to be willing to put yourself forward for a vote. Every candidate deserves respect for being willing to stand for the things they believe in, and their speeches were absolutely outstanding.
“Congratulations to Hannah and Madeleine, I very much look forward to catching up with them over the course of the year to see how their campaigns are going. I’d also like to say a huge thank you to our outgoing Children’s Champion, Zara Shah, and Deputy, Stephanie Webb, who have both been tremendous role models for children in the borough.”