Anna Lo

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Anna Lo
MBE MLA
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
Incumbent
Assumed office
7 March 2007
Personal details
Born (1950-06-17) 17 June 1950 (age 64)
British Hong Kong
Political party Alliance
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 was selected as the Alliance Party's candidate for the Northern Ireland constituency in the European Parliament election, 2014.

Anna Lo has declared her preference for a United Ireland. She describes herself as anti-colonial and has said the partition of Ireland was "artificial".[6] The Alliance Party played down her remarks, with fellow Alliance elected representative Geraldine Rice expressing shock at her stance.[7]

Lo has been the target of racial abuse by Ulster loyalists and says she does not intend to stand for re-election as a result, and is considering leaving Northern Ireland altogether due to rising anti-immigrant racism in the country.[8]

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  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 whom 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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Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Esmond Birnie
MLA for Belfast South
2007–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent