Anna Lo MLA said: “I have received thousands of messages of support since I announced that I would be standing down at the next election. I have been very heartened by their kind words.
“I would like to express my deep felt thanks to all those who have taken the time to write, phone, visit my office or to post the #IStandWithAnna on social media.
“It gives me great pride to see so many people stand up and declare that they want to see an end to hate. This is the message that I want to see coming from Northern Ireland.”