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Stephen Yip’s historic bid to become first Chinese Mayor of Liverpool

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The son of a Chinese seaman – with pivotal links to Hong Kong – has launched a bid to become Mayor of Liverpool, the English city which is home to the oldest Chinese community in Europe.

Stephen Yip, whose family story traces a turbulent path from Guangzhou to Liverpool via Hong Kong, says he “wants to push the reset button” after the city’s reputation was tarnished by claims of official corruption. 

Stephen Yip at Liverpool’s Chinese Arch. Photo:
Matt O’Donoghue.

“I want our city to be a beacon that people look to and say: ‘That’s how you have a proper council with officials who are working for the benefit of the people and not for the benefit of themselves,” he told HKFP.

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