UK election success for Philippine expat

Published:  13 May at 4 PM
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An expat Filipina woman has been elected as the councillor of Hertsmere borough and Elstree and Borehamwood town in last week’s UK general election.

The victory of Conservative party member, Cynthia Alcantara Barker, marked the first time that a Filipino has been elected to a public office of this level in UK politics.

Speaking to The Filipino Expat, Barker mentioned that it was her curiosity about local events that led to her community involvement. Before, she used to keep things to herself, however as she learnt more about the country, she became more patriotic.

Before being elected last week, Barker was a school governor, a local resident’s association member and the Elstree and Borehamwood museum's chair of trustees. She also worked with charitable organisations and was president of her local Rotary Club.

During her interview, she expressed that Filipino values given to her by her parents gave her the strength to be able to adapt to her new environment in the UK. Barker moved the UK so that she could be reunited with her mother and the rest of her family. She urges other expat Filipinos to become more active in their communities, engaging in local development and encourages them to take part in national matters.

Last week saw David Cameron maintaining his position as prime minister, however this time with a Conservative party majority.
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