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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!

  • Phil Ling in West Barnes
    Article: Mar 30, 2014

    Former parliamentary candidate and community campaigner, Phil Ling, is standing as a Council candidate in Merton Borough in May's local elections. Phil's ward, West Barnes, currently has 2 Lib Dem Councillors with the third a Conservative.

    Phil is working hard to become the third Lib Dem Councillor in the ward.

  • Press clipping Nouvelles d'Europe
    Article: Mar 29, 2014

    On 19 March 2014, Chinese Liberal Democrats hosted a private dinner to launch Sarah's campaign at the Imperial China Restaurant in London Chinatown. Included amongst the 50 guests were members from the Chinese media including satellite tv channel TVB.

    Lord Paddy Ashdown had just flown back from Sarajevo that afternoon in time to deliver his key note address (in English as well as in Mandarin). He shared how he had talent-spotted Sarah years ago in Somerset and encouraged her to become a Parliamentary Candidate before she was fast tracked on the Leadership Programme.

    Current MP for Somerton and Frome, David Heath CBE MP had inspired Sarah to pursue a career in politics when she first met him on a tour of Parliament aged 16 years. He described his own experience starting out in the local District Council before becoming elected as MP of this vast rural constituency back in 1997. He was pleased that Sarah was selected by local party members to succeed him on his retirement next year.

  • Danny Alexander, LindaChung Sarah Yong Feb 2014
    Article: Feb 23, 2014

    Attending Chinese Liberal Democrats and Korean Liberal Democrats joint Lunar New Year dinner on 11 February was reporter Zhao Xue Mei who contributed the following articles in (click on links):

    China CRI Online and

    China Daily.

    Ms Zhao interviewed key-note speaker Treasury Chief, Danny Alexander MP who shared about Liberal Democrats' achievements in Government and his outlook for the economy in the Year of the Horse.

  • Linda Chung, Danny Danny Alexander MP and Sarah Yong 11 Feb 2014
    Article: Feb 11, 2014

    Thanks to Euro Candidate Jonathan Fryer for his blog on our Lunar New Year Dinner held on 11 February at the New Loon Fung Restaurant with over 140 guests:

    "Harriet Harman once notoriously referred to Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander as a "ginger rodent" - a remark she later regretted and withdrew, though Danny had the last laugh by sending out a Christmas card the following Michaelmas featuring a red squirrel. Alexander 3, Harman 0, as London's Evening Standard likes to summarise these political spats.

    But this evening, at the Chinese Liberal Democrats' annual Chinese New Year dinner in London's Chinatown, at which he was guest speaker, Danny made himself a further hostage to fortune to the political sketchwriters by admitting that he discovered recently that in Chinese terms, he is a Rat (having been born in the year starting 15 February 1972).

    According to the Chinese zodiac, the strengths of Rats include being smart and wealthy and successful (all great Chinese virtues). Rats are also sanguine and very adaptable, and popular. I shall leave others to research the Rats' weaknesses. This year, of course, is the Year of the Horse, which Liberal Democrats in London hope will lead to the Party galloping to victory in the local and European elections on 22 May. Certainly, Britain's economic and financial position - for which Danny must share some of the Coalition's responsibility - is in a far healthier state than when the new Government took over in 2010, and the steady rise of the income tax allowance to £10,000 is indeed something for all to celebrate.

    Moreover, as tonight's dinner attendance showed, the LibDems' reach into both the Chinese and Korean communities in the UK has been impressively extended. So which Labour MP will be the first to tease Danny the Rat? Not Harriet Harman, I'm sure. Once bitten, twice shy. Oh, and if you're wondering, I'm a Tiger. Doesn't it show?"

  • Merlene Emerson at Glasgow Conference
    Article: Feb 6, 2014
    By Merlene Toh-Emerson, Co-founder of CLDs in Ad Lib Magazine February Issue

    On behalf of Chinese Liberal Democrats Merlene Toh Emerson wishes everyone a Happy Chinese New Year and gallops through the past year's activities [with Phil Ling as Chair].

    "We engaged two wonderful interns, Kevin and Bella (Jan-March) to assist with our Annual CNY banquet (Year of the Snake) and at Brighton Spring Conference, where PPC Sarah Yong made her spectacular debut at the Rally.

  • David Heath and Sarah Yong
    Article: Feb 5, 2014

    At a packed meeting on Saturday 1st February members of the Somerton and Frome Liberal Democrats selected local woman Sarah Yong as their prospective parliamentary candidate for the 2015 General Election. Sarah succeeds local MP David Heath who announced his retirement in October last year.

    30 year old Sarah has lived in Somerset since the age of three and attended local schools. She has campaigned in the area for many years and has previous experience in the military, youth work and business. In her speech to members Sarah talked about the need to ensure Somerset gets a fair deal from Government in areas such as school funding, fighting for superfast broadband and in particular investment in flood prevention measures.

  • Phil Ling
    Article: Jan 31, 2014

    Philip Ling, Chinese Lib Dem Treasurer and former Chair, has been selected by Merton Lib Dems as a Council candidate for West Barnes ward.

    Currently the ward has two Lib Dem Councillors and a Tory Councillor. Commenting on his selection, Phil said:

    "I'm very pleased that Merton Lib Dems have selected me to be one of the Council candidates for West Barnes. The team led by Cllr Iain Dysart and Cllr Mary-Jane Jeanes have been working very hard since 2010 and are well recognised.

    "We have had all three Councillors in the ward before and hopefully will have three again after 22 May"

  • Nick Clegg portrait
    Article: Jan 29, 2014

    "I want to wish everyone celebrating, across the UK and world, a Happy Chinese New Year. And let me join you in welcoming the Year of the Horse.

    This is the biggest event of the Chinese calendar. It's a time when families and friends - old and new - come together to honour the traditions of this great festival and enjoy the fireworks!

    This is also a chance for us to recognize and pay tribute to the invaluable contribution made by Britain's Chinese communities across our economy and society. And, this year, as we commemorate the centenary of the First World War, it's important that we remember the bravery and incredible sacrifices made by the Chinese Labour Corps.

  • Twinned Cities e-book cover
    Article: Dec 24, 2013
    By Merlene Emerson in LibDem Voice

    "In today's globalised world, twin city links with China can be profitable bridges between knowledge economies if approached in a creative way by local Councils, business clusters, educational institutions and research establishments working together. But there are many pitfalls and long-term, multi-layered commitments, leveraging existing core strengths, are required to make them work. This report by the Chinese Liberal Democrats is a useful handbook on how 21st century twin city-led partnerships can bring valuable results in trade, investment, science and education."

  • BC Project visit to British consulate HK
    Article: Dec 22, 2013

    Should the Head of State be elected? Who should be allowed to be a candidate, and who should be allowed to vote?

    Hong Kong currently faces these questions in its quest for universal suffrage and a democratic future, and was the recurrent theme during the second part of the trip to China organised by the British Chinese Project, in which I and three other Lib Dem delegates - Merlene Emerson, Sarah Yong and Steven Cheung - took part along with representatives from the other two main political parties and several enthusiastic BC Project staff.

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.