An incredible sum of over £45k was raised during a Conservative party dinner, organised by Cllr Alex Yip JP of Birmingham City Council, and Birmingham’s first elected Chinese councillor.
Among the 400 attendees, both the Rt. Hon. Boris Johnson MP and Andy Street (the West-Midlands Combined Authority Mayor) had given their support, alongside many generous members of the Chinese Community, including Christine Lee and Mr Wing Yip OBE from Wing Yip Supermarkets.
The money raised will make a huge difference to the campaigns for the upcoming local elections in Birmingham City this coming May where Alex hopes to win back control of the city from the Labour administration.
When talking to Nee Hao about the evening’s success, Yip tells us:
“I am very grateful for the support of so many friends who have made this evening such a success – it clearly shows how supportive the Chinese community are of the Conservative party values and how eager we are to be seen and heard, as well as the depth of our ability. We raised an incredible £45,000 in only two weeks, which will make a huge difference during Birmingham’s Local Elections. Thank you all so much! Remember to vote in May!”
It was just three years ago in May 2015 that Yip won a majority (4,832) over his opponents and was elected the Conservative councillor of Sutton New Hall ward, Birmingham. Alex is also on the parliamentary list and hopes to be the country’s second Chinese ethnic Member of Parliament in the next general election. Completed both a BA and MA in International Relations at Leicester University, Alex’s qualifications are no doubt impressive, with significant life experience despite his young age.
Self employed and in the property business, in addition to being an active campaigner, councillor, he is also a practicing magistrate (justice of the Peace) and a School governor for over nine years at a special needs school.
He has also done extensive community work in Britain and abroad. In 2005, he worked at an AIDS hospital and orphanage in Ghana and Zambia, experiencing life intoughest conditions possible whilst striving to make a difference in a deeply humbling experience. In finding the joy from helping others, he taught English as a foreign language in Shanghai, as well as numerous fundraising efforts and sitting as a School Governor for the past nine years. Alex is also sits on the Education and vulnerable children committee, which looks closely at the Council’s policy concerning young people and Chinese Community leader and campaigner for the welfare of British Chinese people and their access to the police force as well as international Students, Alex is determined to represent his community, and to be of service to those without a voice.
With such an incredible resume, Alex certainly has the makings of a leader, and one that also represents his values, and both the British and the Chinese community.