The Conservative Friends of the Chinese (CFOC) organized a Chinese New Year banquet in Manchester city center (Tai Pan Restaurant) on February 8th in collaboration with the Conservative Federation of the City of Manchester.
Paul Wan, the main organizer of the event, said, “It is great that over 100 guests, including members of the CFOC, the Federation and neighboring associations, as well as local businesses with strong ties to the Chinese community, are coming together to celebrate both of these fantastic events General Elections 2019 and Chinese New Year 2020 ”.
Altrincham and Sale West MP Sir Graham Brady headed a prestigious list of guest speakers, which included the four new Greater Manchester Conservative MPs. Mark Logan (MP for Bolton North East), Christopher Clarkson (Heywood and Middleton), Christian Wakeford (Bury South) and James Daly (Bury North) shared their thoughts and experiences from last December’s historic general election.
In his keynote address, Committee Chairman Sir Graham Brady praised the highly competitive campaigns of the new Conservative MPs in Greater Manchester and the North in 1922, noting that the election result marked the end of an unprecedented deadlock in Parliament. Sir Graham stressed that the Chinese community can continue to play a key role in British politics as voters, candidates and activists, noting that a CFOC activist, Dr. Shengke Zhi, who will be the party’s candidate in Altrincham.
Dr. Shaden Jaradat (former parliamentary candidate in Manchester Central and Manchester Gorton) spoke on behalf of the Manchester Federation about the contribution that activists and activists of Chinese heritage have made to the Federation since its inception nearly 12 years ago. “We are pleased that we were way ahead of many other associations in terms of working closely with CFOC,” he said. “It has been a mutually beneficial and constructive relationship and we hope that we will set an example that other associations can follow.”
Xingang Wang (former Westminster and Manchester Central MP), on behalf of the CFOC, underlined the important role the CFOC can play in advocating the views of voters on Chinese heritage within the Conservative Party. “Families with Chinese heritage believe that hard work will help them succeed,” said Xingang. “That’s what the Conservative Party is all about – creating opportunities for people and enabling them to lead their own lives and grow their businesses.”
David Semple, Chairman of the Manchester Conservative Federation, welcomed the success of the event. “We are in the heart of the most vibrant city in the north. By working with organizations like CFOC, we can build on the momentum of last year’s general election in this region,” he said. “This fantastic result last December showed that there are no limits to what we can achieve in Manchester.”