First ethnic Chinese elected as MP in UK Parliament

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 07:50 GMT, May 10, 2015 |

British voters have elected their first MP of ethnic Chinese origin, after Alan Mak won the seat of Havant in southern England for the Conservatives.

He replaces David Willetts as MP for the safe Conservative seat, securing a majority of 13,920 over UKIP.

The 31-year-old was born in Britain and grew up in York, where his Chinese-born parents ran a takeaway. Mr Mak was the first member of his family to go to university, studying law at Cambridge.

He subsequently went on to a career in corporate law and ran his own business. Asked by a reporter from the BBC Chinese service how he felt at being the first British MP from the Chinese community, Mr Mak said his priority was to represent the people of Havant.