UK gets its first elected Korean councillors

Congratulations to Ha Jaesung and Kwon Bora, who have become the first Koreans to be elected councillors in the UK following the local elections on 3 May.

Ha was elected to the Kingston Council for the Lib Dems, while Kwon was elected to Hammersmith and Fulham for Labour.

He stood for the first time in 2014 but failed to get elected. This year he, along with the two other Lib Dem candidates in the Beverley Ward, benefited from a swing away from the ruling Conservatives that contributed to the overall win for the Lib Dems for the borough as a whole.

Kwon was elected to the Ravenscourt Park Ward, home to LKL’s local Korean restaurant, Yoshi Sushi. Labour strengthened its hold in the borough with an increase of 9 seats.

According to Arirang News,

Ms. Kwon is an editor for the mobile news app Upday, and Mr. Ha is the President of the Korean Residents Society in London

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Photo credit: Arirang News
HT to Marc Leggett for the news.

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