|Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Belfast South
7 March 2007 – 7 May 2016
|Preceded by||Esmond Birnie|
|Succeeded by||Paula Bradshaw|
|Born||Anna Manwah Lo
17 June 1950
British Hong Kong
|Spouse(s)||David Watson (divorced)
Gavin Millar (divorced)
|Alma mater||University of Ulster|
Anna Manwah Lo MBE (born 17 June 1950) is an Alliance Party politician in Northern Ireland. She was a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Belfast South from 2007 to 2016, and has been the party's president since 2016.
Lo was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly for Belfast South in the 2007 assembly election. She is the first (and to date only) ethnic-minority politician elected at a regional level in Northern Ireland, the first politician born in East Asia elected to any legislative body in the United Kingdom, and the first Chinese-born person to be elected to any European legislative parliament.
Lo stood as an Alliance Party candidate for the Northern Ireland Assembly and was elected in Belfast South in 2007. After her re-election in 2011, Lo was appointed as the chair of the Northern Ireland Assembly's Environment Committee. She used this role to influence the Local Government Bill. As a result of her amendments, the new Councils will have greater levels of openness and transparency as the audio of the main Council meetings will be recorded and Council papers will be placed online. She further improved the freedom of the press at the new Councils by ensuring that journalists and the public will be able to use social media during meetings.
She was selected as the Alliance Party's candidate for the Northern Ireland constituency in the 2014 European Parliament election. She won the best ever European election performance for the party.
Lo is a social worker and former chairperson of the Northern Ireland Chinese Welfare Association. She moved from her native Hong Kong to Northern Ireland in 1974, after meeting journalist David Watson. She spent her early years in the country working for the BBC and Royal Ulster Constabulary as an interpreter. In 1978, she started an English evening class for Chinese people in Northern Ireland.
Lo has declared her preference for Irish unification. She describes herself as anti-colonial and has said the partition of Ireland was "artificial". The Alliance Party played down her remarks, with fellow Alliance elected representative Geraldine Rice expressing shock at her stance.
- "Belfast politician defies racists", BBC News, 26 March 2007.
- "I don't buy it, says Anna Lo of Alliance Party racism and ageism claims". BelfastTelegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
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- "The Official Report". Niassembly.gov.uk. 16 May 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
- "Lo highlights Alliance amendments to Local Government Bill (The Alliance Party of Northern Ireland)". Allianceparty.org. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
- White, Bill. "Elections round-up: Alliance outperforms against pollster prediction". BelfastTelegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
- "Only Chinese-born parliamentarian in UK to quit politics over racist abuse". The Guardian. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
- "Growing hostility to foreigners drives Hong Kong-born Anna Lo out of Northern Ireland politics". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
- "Anna Lo: 'It was horrific, I had people ringing saying how dare you'". BelfastTelegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
- "Ex-Alliance MLA Anna Lo: Why I'd vote for a united Ireland". BelfastTelegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
- "Anna Lo: 'United Ireland' remarks 'insulting', say unionists". BBC News. 20 March 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
- "Anna Lo comments: Geraldine Rice 'shocked' by united Ireland remarks". BBC News. 23 March 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
|Northern Ireland Assembly|
|MLA for Belfast South