Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 May 2009 02:50 Monday, 11 May 2009 23:10
Steven Cheung, James Mummery, Envision, Christine Lee, BC Project
BC Project member, Princess Diana Award winner, Steven Cheung officially announces his bid for the European Election on May 7th 2009. (Website: www.stevencheung.com)
Standing as an independent in London, 19 year old Cheung could become the youngest ever Member of the European Parliament if elected, and the first British Chinese Filipino candidate ever to run for a seat in Brussels.
As a unique ticket, Cheung is not shy about his age, he says “In theory anyone 18 or over can run for a seat in parliament, but that is just theory. For too long, important decisions which affect the future of young people have been made for us, without any representation from young people.”
“I am passionate about Europe, but right now, many people in London feel a great distance from the whole process. That is why I want to stand. The general public awaits an open and fresh approach to politics and through my candidacy I hope to reinvigorate the public mood and capture the disengaged. I want to make sure there is a real voice for young people and for all the other minority groups. We can shape our future together.”
The Chinese community accounts for the third largest immigrant group in the UK, but have no political representation in the UK, regional of European Parliament. Around 30 per cent of Chinese population are not registered to vote. There is an estimate of over 200 000 Chinese residing in the London constituency at the European Parliament election. A record-breaking number of 110 candidates will be standing in the London European region. In theory, Cheung can win one of the eight seats this June if he manages to secure all the Chinese votes.
With an impressive record, Cheung was elected the London 2012 Olympic Ambassador for Waltham Forest in 2006 and was later appointed by the Ministry of Justice as a Young Advisor in 2008. Recognised for his outstanding efforts in developing communities and the lives of others, Cheung has also been awarded with a Princess Diana Award this year.
As a member of the BC project, which was launched 3 years ago by human rights solicitor Christine Lee, Cheung has already won support from the founder of the project herself. In her special message at the launch, Lee said, “I’m really encouraged when I found out one of our member is standing for the European Parliament. This is a big step for the British Chinese as well as for other East Asian in Europe. We have stayed silent for over a hundred and fifty years and it is important we have our voice heard.”
The BC project has actively encouraged many young people to integrate into British politics and Christine Lee hopes that Steven will become the first British East Asian to step foot into the European Parliament, “I hope more young people will come forwards like Steven and we will be happy to give them our full support. I hope more people can represent our views and build bridges among our communities.”
Cheung was born in Hong Kong and has lived in London from an early age where he now lives with his parents and brothers. Cheung is of Filipino and Chinese heritage. Since completing his A’ level studies, Cheung has dedicated his time to working on Government sponsored youth projects. He is also a DJ on SW1 Radio, the Westminster community station and on Spectrum Radio International.
For more information about Steven Cheung’s campaign, visit http://www.stevencheung.com or call 020 7558 8188