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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!

  • Tim Farron MP in front of Westminster
    Article: Feb 3, 2016

    "It is with great pleasure that I wish UK's Chinese diaspora communities a very Happy Lunar New Year on the advent of the Year of the Monkey!

    I am delighted that ties between UK and China have strengthened and deepened over the years and am deeply appreciative of the many contributions the Chinese living in the UK have made to our economy, enriching our local communities.

  • Year of Monkey with Libby
    Event: Feb 18, 2016 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM


    Please join us in ushering in the Year of the Monkey at a Lunar New Year banquet in London Chinatown.

    Venue: New Loon Fung Restaurant, 42-44 Gerrard Street, London W1D 5QG

    We are pleased to have as our guest speaker, Caroline Pidgeon MBE, AM, Liberal Democrat Mayoral candidate and No. 1 on the London Assembly List. Rt Hon Sir Simon Hughes will be our Guest Auctioneer for the evening.

  • Anna Peng and others collecting for refugees in Calais
    Article: Jan 31, 2016
    By Anna Peng

    I was lucky enough to attend Lib Dem Refugee Action event which took place last month. The event was hosted by Baroness Sheehan and Save the Children, with invited speakers Ahmet and Hussan who escaped from the Syrian wars.

    The talk started off with Ahmet and Hussan sharing their experiences of getting to the UK (yes…dingy, camps, hiding in the trucks and all the things we have seen on TV). They embarked their journey across the sea with people of all walks: engineers, professors, street vendors, mothers, fathers and children. Unaccompanied children are commonly exploited, and the dangers are real and immediate (of the 13,000 children registered in Italy, more than 5000 are missing last year). They witnessed first hand human traffickers selling girls on the side of the road under bright sunlight in Turkey. On this front, Lib Dem is lending its support to Save the Children in urging the PM to allow 3,000 unaccompanied children to be housed in the UK through their own channel. Unsurprisingly, PM responded with a cheap joke at Tim Farron and Lib Dem.

  • UKChineseTimes coverage of GLA candidates Caroline Pidgeon and Merlene Emerson 11.12.15
    Article: Dec 30, 2015

    On the evening of 4 December, London Liberal Democrats held the first of their major fundraising events for the 2016 London Mayor and Assembly Campaign at a hotel ballroom in Kensington,

    Led by Caroline Pidgeon AM, the Liberal Democrats Mayoral Candidate, the evening was supported by members and friends across London as well as by the Chinese Liberal Democrats and the BC Project who had hosted a table each.

  • Christmas baubles
    Article: Dec 9, 2015

    To all our Members and Supporters,

    We wish you a most joyous holiday season and a very Happy New Year. We look forward to meeting you and working with you in 2016.

    圣诞节快乐!

    Best wishes,

    Yee Wah and Jerry

  • Jerry Cheung
    Article: Nov 21, 2015

    At the recent Annual General Meeting of the Chinese Liberal Democrats held on 15 November, members elected Vice-Chair, Jerry Cheung and new Liberal Democrat member, Dr Yee Wah Foo to be Co-Chairs.

    They have issued the following joint statement:

    "As newly elected co-Chairs we shall continue with the important and excellent work that the Chinese Liberal Democrats have done and achieved these past nine years under the strong leadership of Linda Chung, and Merlene Emerson.

  • Dewi Knight and Linda Chung at Chinese LibDem AGM 2105
    Article: Nov 17, 2015

    "When I studied Chinese at Oxford 40-odd years ago I was considered mad by most of my contemporaries, but this year there will be an estimated 7,000 British students in China and the Chancellor, George Osborne, wants that to rise to 80,000 over the next few years. That will still be far fewer than the 135,000 Chinese currently studying in the UK, of course, despite the difficulties some experience in getting visas. But it all goes to show how increasingly important the Anglo-Chinese relationship is these days - a far cry from the mutual misunderstandings of Lord Macartney's mission to Beijing in 1793.

  • City Hall
    Article: Oct 13, 2015

    Congratulations to Vice-Chair Merlene Emerson for securing the third place in the Lib Dem Greater London Authority List selections. The London Assembly is made up of 25 members based in City Hall who oversee the work of the London Mayor, currently Boris Johnson.

    The internal party selections were conducted over the summer and the results announced by the Returning Officer on 25 September. In rank order, the results were:

  • Chinese Libdem 9th birthday dinner 21.9.15
    Article: Sep 22, 2015

    CLD's 9th birthday party in Bournemouth was lots of fun! There were about 50 hungry guests, old friends and new, filling five tables. Our guests of honour, Lord Paddy Ashdown and his wife Jane, regaled us with their good humour and stories about their time living in Hong Kong.

    The food, especially the sea bass and Satay chicken, was delicious and much appreciated. Special thanks to Mr. Wong and his staff at the Ocean City Restaurant for hosting us; to our treasurer, Philip Ling, for organizing the event; and to Linda Chung for choosing a delicious menu complete with individual Chinese egg custard 'birthday' tarts.

  • E MBA visit from Shanghai Univ hosted by Lord Wrigglesworth & Merlene Emerson 15.9.15
    Article: Sep 16, 2015

    On 15 September, Lord Ian Wrigglesworth hosted a delegation from China who were on an executive MBA course from University of Shanghai Finance & Economics (in conjunction with Cambridge University) at the House of Lords. The visit was organised by China Business Solutions with assistance from Chinese Liberal Democrats.

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).