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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!

  • CLC play on 8 Sep 2016
    Article: Aug 25, 2016

    100 years ago, the British and French armies recruited 140,000 Chinese men to work behind the Western Front during the First World War. They were the CHINESE LABOUR CORPS (CLC) who made a vital contribution to help the Allies win, but have since become "the forgotten of the forgotten"* in WW1 history.

  • CLD 5th birthday cake
    Event: Sep 18, 2016
    88 Preston Street, Brighton, East Sussex

    Join us in celebrating our 10th birthday at Autumn Conference in Brighton with an 8 course Chinese meal with wine.

    Date: 18 September 2016

    Time: from 8.15 -10pm

    Venue: China Garden Restaurant, 88-91 Preston Street, Brighton BN1 2HG

    Special Guests: Lord Paddy Ashdown and Lord Menzies Campbell



    Ticket price: £30 per head.

  • Dr YeeWah Foo
    Article: Jul 23, 2016

    Dr Fu Bingchang was the Republic of China's Ambassador to the U.S.S.R between 1943-1949.

    He was also the late grandfather of Chinese Liberal Democrat Co-Chair, Dr YeeWah Foo, an academic at the University of Lincoln.

    Radio 4 recently interviewed Yee Wah about her research into the diaries left by her famous grandfather, broadcast on 19 July.

    As Yee Wah commented in the radio interview, the diaries "tell the story of China's emergence onto the diplomatic stage as the Second World War ended, and a colder kind of warfare began".Grandfather Fu helped to professionalise China's diplomatic service and managed to cement China's place as a great power.It culminated significantly in the signing of the Moscow Treaty in 1943 by the four allies of the Second World War: Foreign Minister Hull for the US, Molotov for the USSR, Eden for the UK and Dr Fu Bingchang, Ambassador, for the Republic of China.

  • Tim Farron MP
    Article: Jul 3, 2016

    Tim Farron MP, leader of the Liberal Democrats has made it clear that our Party will fight to keep Britain in the EU and he has pledged to halt Brexit.

    Whilst we respected the result of the referendum, it was perfectly legitimate to put the question to the British people at a general election. Tim has said:

  • Merlene Emerson London Bridge
    Article: Jun 12, 2016

    As is the convention, on the official birthday of Her Majesty the Queen, the London Gazette publishes the list of people from all walks of life who have been honoured for their contributions to society.

    According to the Press Release from the Cabinet office, 1,149 people have received awards in this historic year. 70% of the recipients are people who have undertaken outstanding work in their communities either in a voluntary or paid capacity. There are 538 successful women candidates in the list, representing 47% of the total. And 8.2% of the successful candidates (90 people) come from a BAME background: the greatest ever number of BAME recipients in an honours list.



    Within that number of 90, we are delighted to announce is our very own Vice-Chair and Co-founder, Merlene Toh Emerson who has received an M.B.E. for "political and public service".



    She is one of a number of other Liberal Democrats who were named in the Queens Birthday Honours. See the LibDem Voice blog for more information.



    Merlene said:

  • Cllr Tatyan Cheung
    Article: Jun 8, 2016
    By Cllr Tatyan Cheung

    Chinese Liberal Democrat Councillor Tatyan Cheung of Cotswold District Council has this to say on whether the Chinese community should vote for UK to remain or exit from the EU:

    "The Conservative government (which includes the REMAIN and LEAVE camps) together with the British media have created a lot of fog, untruths and statistics (read lies) about the EU and Britain's membership. It does not seem meaningful to discuss IF we don't do this we can do that, when there are countless probabilities of an IF outcome, especially outcomes that occur in the future.

  • Phil Ling PPC Tooting 2015
    Article: May 31, 2016

    On 23rd June, the nation will go to the polls to vote on the all important question of whether the UK stays in or exits from Europe. Chinese Liberal Democrats are in favour of UK remaining in.

    Here are 3 good reasons why remaining in Europe is good for Britain:

    1. Jobs in our area are more secure with Britain remaining part of Europe - the biggest trading market in the world.

  • Colchester Mayor Helen Chuah
    Article: May 8, 2016

    Congratulations to Cllr Helen Chuah who was successfully re-elected to St Anne's & St John's ward on Colchester Council along with her Liberal Democrat colleagues.



    Pic from 2011 when she was inaugurated Mayor of Colchester

    http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/colchester_borough_council_election_results_2016_1_4522362

  • Anna Lo MBE
    Article: Apr 25, 2016



    Anna Lo MBE has been named as one of the recipients of "New View 50" awards, given to the top 50 BAME professionals in the public sector by Elevation Networks. She came to London to receive her award at a recent ceremony held at the Houses of Parliament.

    At No. 28, Anna Lo was described as follows:

    "Elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2007, Anna is the Chair of the Environment Committee and a member of the Assembly Employment and Learning Committee, Audit Committee, Standards & Privileges Committee as well as a number of All Party Association Groups.

  • BCP Walk image
    Article: Apr 16, 2016

    The British Chinese Project organised a fundraising walk last Saturday 9 April to raise funds for 13 Chinese community centres and charities across Britain.

    It was originally billed as a 12-mile walk but came closer to 15 miles by the time we ended the walk in historic Limehouse, the location of the oldest Chinatown in London. En route we stopped by the Chinese National Healthy Living Centre and Chinese Welfare Trust in Soho Square, Camden Chinese Community Centre, Islington Chinese Association, Hackney Chinese Community Centre and finally Tower Hamlets Chinese Assocation where the below pic was taken.

Twinned Cities e-book cover

On sale now both print (£6 plus delivery) and Kindle versions of our book "UK China Twinned Cities - a friendly gesture or a viable channel for trade and investment for regional cities". Email info@chineselibdems.org.uk if you would like to purchase a hard copy or click here to buy it online.

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: MLA for South Belfast for the Alliance Party (sister party to LIberal Democrats).