Anna Lo

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Anna Lo
Anna Lo MLA.jpg
Anna Lo at the Alliance Youth stand at a Freshers' Event at the University of Ulster.
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Belfast South
Assumed office
7 March 2007
Personal details
Born Lo Manwah
(1950-06-17) 17 June 1950 (age 63)
British Hong Kong
Political party Alliance
Spouse(s) Private
Children 2
Alma mater University of Ulster
Occupation Social worker
Religion Atheist Taoist[1][2]
Anna Lo
Chinese 盧曼華

Anna Manwah Lo MBE (born 17 June 1950) is an Alliance Party politician in Northern Ireland.[3] Born in Hong Kong, of Cantonese-Chinese ethnicity, Lo was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly for Belfast South in the 2007 assembly election.[3] She was the first ethnic minority politician elected at a regional level in Northern Ireland, and the first politician born in East Asia elected to any legislative body in the United Kingdom.[4][notes 1] Lo is also a social worker and former chairperson of the Northern Ireland Chinese Welfare Association.[5] A Taoist, Lo has resided in Northern Ireland for more than 30 years.[5]

She has been selected as the Alliance Party's candidate for the Northern Ireland constituency in the European Parliament election, 2014.

Anna Lo made headlines for the Alliance Party when speaking to The Irish News she made public her desire for a United Ireland. Anna Lo described Northern Ireland as an "artificial" state when describing herself as "anti-colonial". [6]


  1. ^ Although she had been referred to in some media as "the first Chinese person to be elected as a lawmaker anywhere in Europe", she came only after Ing Yoe Tan, member of the Dutch Senate since 1999, Varina Tjon-A-Ten, Dutch lawmaker from 2003 to 2006, and Mei Li Vos, Dutch lawmaker since March 1, 2007. However it would be more accurate to describe these persons as having Chinese ancestry, rather than being Chinese. The first member of a European government with Chinese roots was Khee Liang Phoa, Dutch State Secretary for Emancipation and Family Affairs in 2002-2003. There have been three members of the unelected House of Lords of Chinese ethnicity, two of which were from colonial Hong Kong or having ancestry from colonial Hong Kong, the first being Lydia Dunn who received her peerage in 1990. So far no China-born politician has been elected to a European parliament.


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  3. ^ a b BBC News Online. "Belfast politician defies racists". March 26, 2007.
  4. ^ McBride, S. "South Belfast: Lo and behold - UK first for Alliance's Anna". Belfast Telegraph. March 8, 2007.
  5. ^ a b McDonald, H. "Chinese candidate defies racist abuse". Guardian Unlimited. February 11, 2007.
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Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Esmond Birnie
MLA for Belfast South
Succeeded by