Regina Ip

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Regina Ip in March 2017
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Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee ( Chinese葉劉淑儀, born August 24, 1950 in Hong Kong ) is a Chinese politician of the conservative New People's Party she founded . Since October 1, 2008, she has represented the Hong Kong Island constituency in the Hong Kong Legislative Council . She is also an advisory member of the Hong Kong Executive Board.


Ip was born the daughter of a trader and an actress . Her family was struggling with financial problems. She later studied English literature at the University of Hong Kong and the University of Glasgow . From 1998 to 2003 she served as Hong Kong Secretary for Security . Prior to that for two years as Director of Immigration. After her unsuccessful time as Secretary for Security, she studied East Asian Studies at Stanford University .

In 2008 Ip was elected to the Hong Kong Legislative Council, where she represents Hong Kong Island . She has since been re-elected twice - in 2012 and 2016. In 2011, she founded her conservative party, the New People's Party . This is aimed primarily at middle-class voters .

Ip always aggressively positioned its ambitions for the post of Chief Executive of Hong Kong , but failed both in 2012 and 2017 due to a lack of support.

Political opinions

Regina Ip visits Tung Chung in November 2018

IP's tenure as Secretary for Security is considered uncompromising, which gives her the nickname The Iron Lady , based on Margaret Thatcher . She supported the implementation of Article 23 of the Hong Kong Basic Law, which prohibits treason and sedition and would give the Hong Kong authorities the power to ban groups banned in mainland China in Hong Kong. She also spoke out in favor of setting up an internment camp for Chinese refugees near Shenzhen to prevent them from illegally entering Hong Kong.

She supports Prime Minister Carrie Lam in the ongoing protests in Hong Kong .

In 2002 she criticized the concept of democracy , arguing that Adolf Hitler had also been elected by the people and still committed the Holocaust . In this she saw proof that democracy cannot always work.

In 2015 she said of Filipino guest workers in Hong Kong that they were merely “sexual resources” for the western men living in the city. This statement led to considerable criticism among the women concerned and Claudia Mo , a leading politician in the pro-democracy camp , sharply criticized Ip for it. Ip denied allegations of racism and later apologized for the testimony.

Despite their Ip supported pro-Beijing stance that same-sex marriage . She spoke out in favor of holding Hong Kong's local elections in 2019 during the ongoing protests in Hong Kong .


Ip is mother of one daughter. Because of her voluminous hairstyle , she was nicknamed Broom Head by her critics .

She is considered a lover of the works of the Irish poet William Butler Yeats and defends the wearing of fur with equivalence to meat consumption .

Web links

Commons : Regina Ip  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  5. Cathy Yan: Hong Kong's Ip Launches Political Party . In: Wall Street Journal . January 8, 2011, ISSN  0099-9660 ( [accessed November 22, 2019]).
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  7. CoconutsHongKong: Lawmaker Regina Ip suggests asylum seekers be put in Shenzhen detention camp | Coconuts Hong Kong. March 22, 2016. Retrieved November 25, 2019 (American English).
  8. Carrie Lam has done all she can to meet protesters' five demands. September 15, 2019, accessed November 22, 2019 .
  9. George Wehrfritz On 8/30/07 at 8:00 PM EDT: The Fall and Rise of Regina Ip. August 30, 2007, accessed November 22, 2019 .
  10. CoconutsHongKong: Lawmaker Regina Ip calls Filipino domestic workers 'sexual resources for Western men' | Coconuts Hong Kong. April 20, 2015. Retrieved November 25, 2019 (American English).
  11. Using Chinese tradition to oppose same-sex marriage is misguided. December 1, 2018, accessed November 22, 2019 .
  12. Hong Kong legislature votes down motion urging gov't to study same-sex unions. In: Hong Kong Free Press HKFP. November 23, 2018. Retrieved November 22, 2019 (UK English).
  13. Lawmaker Regina Ip under fire for wearing mink ... and comparing it to eating beef. In: Hong Kong Free Press HKFP. Retrieved January 28, 2016, November 22, 2019 (UK English).