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Alliance’s Anna Lo vows to fight for Derry in Europe

Anna Lo, Alliance candidate in the forthcoming European elections pictured with local council candidates Asta Kereviciene, David Hawthorneand Daniel Comer during a visit to the city on Wednesday morning. DER2014MC065

Anna Lo, Alliance candidate in the forthcoming European elections pictured with local council candidates Asta Kereviciene, David Hawthorneand Daniel Comer during a visit to the city on Wednesday morning. DER2014MC065

 

Anna Lo is a woman not afraid to speak her mind.

She’s had a picture of her with a bullet sent to a Sunday newspaper, had her property attacked and suffered racial abuse.

But she says she’ll never let the bullies get her down.

The Alliance candidate in the forthcoming European elections was in Derry this week telling people a vote for her will see real change in Northern Ireland.

“I love Derry,” she told the ‘Journal.’

“I’m no stranger to here. I was here for many events last year.

“I’m the chair of the environment committee and last year I brought the commitee to Magee and we had a good walk round the Walls.

“I’ve also had the chance to meet with cross community groups which are very dear to my heart.”

Anna hit the headlines earlier this year when she described herself as “anti-colonial” and said the partition of Ireland was “artificial”.

“A United Ireland, certainly that’s a very long term view for me,” she said.

“However I refuse to be pigeon holed into orange or green. I’m not a Unionist, I am not a Nationalist, I am Alliance.

“My decision to enter poltiics was to break down barriers and bring people together.”

Anna has also been the subject of online racial abuse, an issue she says has made it difficult for her to go on at times.

“I won’t let the bullies silence me,” she said. “You have to think of all the people who are out there supporting you.

“If people want change, and want politics thats not tribal, then vote for me.

“I will fight for everyone. There is so much more that Europe can do so much more for us.”

 

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