Chi­nese seek poll suc­cess in UK in record num­bers

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHANG CHUN­YAN in Lon­don zhangchun­yan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A record num­ber of can­di­dates with Chi­nese ori­gins are tak­ing part in Thurs­day’s gen­eral elec­tion in the United King­dom.

Eleven eth­nic Chi­nese can­di­dates, in­clud­ing two women, are run­ning, and an­a­lysts say the in­creased num­ber re­flects a change in the at­ti­tude to­ward pol­i­tics among young Chi­nese in the UK.

“Most of our Chi­nese can­di­dates are of a sim­i­lar age, they are a gen­er­a­tion of Bri­tish Chi­nese who have grown up un­der­stand­ing the UK po­lit­i­cal sys­tem and want­ing to make a dif­fer­ence,” said Michael Wilkes, vice-chair­man of the Bri­tish Chi­nese Project.

The project is a non­par­ti­san, vol­un­tary or­ga­ni­za­tion seek­ing to raise the pres­ence of the Chi­nese com­mu­nity in the Bri­tish po­lit­i­cal arena.

“I be­lieve this is the be­gin­ning of the Bri­tish Chi­nese break­ing that po­lit­i­cal glass ceil­ing, and in the next 10 or 20 years no­body will be able to call the Bri­tish Chi­nese ‘si­lent’ or ‘in­vis­i­ble’ any­more,” Wilkes added.

The Con­ser­va­tives have five eth­nic Chi­nese can­di­dates — Alan Mak, Jack­son Ng, Mark Lim and main­land mi­grants Ed­ward Yi He and Wang Xin­gang.

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