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Welcome to the Chinese Liberal Democrats

Creating a bridge between the UK Chinese community and the Liberal Democrats.

The Chinese Liberal Democrats, patrons Lord Paddy Ashdown and Sir Menzies Campbell, is an associated organisation of the Liberal Democrat Party. We exist to explore ways of reaching out to the Chinese community in the UK and to establish better understanding between the UK and China.

You can read more about our activities below, or using the links on the top right hand side of the page. Remember, we rely on people joining to really make a difference!

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    Article: Aug 8, 2014

    Our Chinese Lib Dem Treasurer, Phil Ling, has just returned from a week long trip to China on a UK-China Young Leaders Dialogue organised by the Great Britain China Centre.

    The trip was designed for a cross party delegation of MPs, special advisors and policy experts to visit Beijing and Chongqing to bridge the gulf in understanding among politicians of both countries.

  • Philip Ling
    Article: Jul 15, 2014
    By Phil Ling @pkfling in Lib Dem Voice http://www.libdemvoice.org/opinion-the-pressures-of-being-a-parliamentary-candidate-41560.html

    It is with a sad, and heavy, heart that yesterday I heard of Sarah Yong's decision to stand down as PPC for Somerton and Frome for personal reasons. What is even sadder is that people are demanding to know the personal reasons, either because the privacy of an individual is less important than what this means to the party or to show it's not because of the party prospects. If an employee (even CEO) of an organisation stepped down for personal reasons it is normally respected and the organisation moves on.

  • Sarah Yong at LibDem Conference
    Article: Jul 14, 2014
    By Stephen Tall in Lib Dem Voice http://www.libdemvoice.org/sarah-yong-stands-down-as-lib-dem-candidate-for-marginal-seat-of-somerton-and-frome-41551.html

    It's six months since Sarah Yong was selected as the Lib Dem candidate for Somerton and Frome, held by David Heath since 1997. Today she's announced her decision to stand down. Here's the letter she's sent to her local paper, announcing the news:

    "Dear Editor,

    I just wanted to let you know that it is with great regret that I've decided to stand down from my role as Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Somerton and Frome. I have made this decision for personal reasons and as a result of changes in personal circumstances.

    It's a decision I've not taken lightly, and it's one I take with a heavy heart. I would have loved to have followed in David Heath's footsteps as the MP for Somerton and Frome.

    Feel free to quote any of this email in a news story you may wish to write.

    With very best wishes,


  • UK China twinned cities conference group 25 June 2014
    Article: Jul 1, 2014

    The day-conference on this important and relevant topic was jointly organised by The Asia Business Centre of the University of Nottingham (UoN) and the Chinese Liberal Democrats (CLD), with support from China Britain Business Centre (CBBC).

    CLD researchers and authors of the book "UK-China Twinned Cities: a gesture of friendship or a viable channel for trade and investment for regional cities?" * Carl Carlstedt and Chris Georgiou presented their findings of the factors needed for success in twinning between UK and Chinese cities.

  • Dinner in Taunton for PPC Sarah Yong 23 June 2014
    Article: Jun 24, 2014

    Chinese Liberal Democrats helped to organise a dinner on 23 June in Taunton, Somerset to support Parliamentary Candidate Sarah Yong. Selected earlier this year, Sarah will be standing in David Heath MP's seat in the constituency of Somerton and Frome in May 2015.

    BC Project Founder Madam Christine Lee sponsored the dinner together with local Somerset businessman, Gary Li at China China Restaurant. Amongst the guests included community leaders from the Somerset Chinese Association as well as a number of second generation BBCs (British Born Chinese) keen to have a voice in Parliament.

  • Merlene Emerson on UK Business Delegation to China May 2014
    Article: Jun 17, 2014
    By Merlene Emerson in Lib Dem Voice

    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang left on Monday this week on a 5 day visit to Britain and Greece. With him, according to the press, is a 200 strong business delegation, expected to sign up some £18 billion worth of deals.

    Just over 2 weeks ago, I was part of the Biz Sec, Dr Vince Cable's business delegation to China, taking in 5 cities in 6 days. Vince was scheduled to be in Beijing to attend UK-China Joint Economic & Trade Committee (JETC) talks with his opposite number, Mr Gao HuCheng, the Minister of Commerce. He took advantage of this official visit to bring with him a delegation of 80 companies and with support from the local staff of UKTI and CBBC (China Britain Business Council). We were organised into 3 groups: Construction, Water and Environment and Smart Cities(IT), each taking in a slightly different itinerary but overlapping with the Biz Sec in Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Chongqing.

  • Anna Lo for Europe
    Article: May 29, 2014

    Chinese Liberal Democrats are sorry to hear recent news reports that Anna Lo of the Alliance Party has said she will not seek re-election to the Northern Ireland Assembly because she is disillusioned with politics.

    Ms Lo told the Guardian newspaper that continual racist abuse directed at her by loyalists influenced her decision.

  • Deputy Mayor Sam Li of Lewes
    Article: May 18, 2014

    On 15 May, TVB Europe, satellite channel as well as many leading members of the Chinese community turned up at Lewes townhall to attend the Mayor making process. They were there to support Cllr Sam Li as he was inaugurated as Deputy Mayor of this historic town.

    Lewes is the largest town within any National Park and had a proven track record of being able to stage big events such as the Rodin exhibition, the Mumford & Sons concert and, not least, Bonfire Night.

  • Chinese University of HK visit to Parliament
    Article: May 10, 2014

    On 8 May 2014, Lord Brian Cotter, Secretary to the All Party Parliamentary China Group and Merlene Emerson, Vice-Chair of Chinese Liberal Democrats welcomed a group of visiting students from the Chinese University of Hongkong.

    The delegates were post graduate students of Communications and Media Studies and were in the UK for a week led by their professors. They were given a brief tour of Westminster Hall, St Stephen's Hall and Central Lobby. And as Parliament was sitting, were also able to sit in the chambers to hear the live debates in the Houses of Parliament.

  • Merlene Emerson and Sarah Yong BC Project event 1 May 2014
    Article: May 3, 2014

    On 1 May, the British Chinese Project (BC Project) held a press conference in Chinatown to remind the Chinese population in the UK of their right to vote in the coming Euro and Local Elections. With the deadline for registration (6 May) looming, it was important for activists from all 3 major parties to be united on this. Mock ballot boxes were made up to get the point across.

Merlene Emerson interview with BC Project on why it is important to vote at the next elections

Linda Chung: Lib Dem Councillor for Hampstead Town.

Anna LoAnna Lo was elected in March 2007 as the MLA for South Belfast for the Alliance Party (sister party to LIberal Democrats) - the first ethnic Chinese person to be elected to a legislative parliament in Europe. She is currently a member of the Assembly committees for Social Development, and for Employment and Learning. She speaks regularly in the Assembly on a range of issues.