Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

DebateNI home of Northern Ireland politics

Anna Lo: Alliance, South Belfast

Anna Lo
Anna Lo

Born in Hong Kong, Anna Lo came to Northern Ireland in 1974 and was director of the Chinese Welfare Association before becoming an MLA for South Belfast, where she topped the poll in 2011.

Why did you want to become an MLA?

Throughout my years as an ethnic minorities representative, I had lobbied politicians for change and when Alliance approached me to stand in South Belfast I thought it was time I got into politics.

Apart from work and family, what are your main passions in life?

I love the arts and enjoy evenings at a concert or a play at two wonderful venues -- the Lyric and the MAC. I also walk a lot to keep fit or in support of charities.

What single issue would you hope to champion in the Assembly ?

I hope to champion sustainable environment in the Assembly.

What is in most urgent need of change in the Stormont system?

I think we need to get rid of the designation system at Stormont where MLAs have to register as unionist, nationalist or cross-community. There is no need for this type of institutional sectarianism.

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