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  Who will be Britain's first 'mini mayor'?
Updated 20 March 2002, 13.34
A young mayor
Children in Middlesbrough will vote for the winner

Youngsters between 11 and 17 in Middlesbrough are soon to elect Britain's first "young mayor".

The young mayor's job will be to make decisions on local issues that affect young people.

Big budget

Middlesbrough, UK
Nominations for the new post will open next week, and anyone from a secondary school in Middlesbrough can enter.

The winner will be voted for by school children and will spend a year as the town's young mayor with at least 20,000 to spend.

It's hoped that it might make local politics more appealing to young people.

Making decisions

The chief executive of Middlesbrough Council said: "The idea is to encourage young people to think that they can have a real say in the decisions that affect their lives."

The results will be announced on 25 April.

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