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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!

  • Nigel vs Merlene
    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 LibDem colleagues.

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

    Across the UK, the Liberal Democrats did particularly well in Scotland widening our lead in Orkney and Shetland Islands and gaining 2 further seats. We also won 45 additional Council seats across England.

  • 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.

  • CIty Hall
    Article: Apr 12, 2016
    By Anna Peng

    The biggest challenge that many candidates face is not how many votes they can get, but whether they can get people to register to vote in the first place. Our voting system is so complex that it can be very confusing to voters.

    This is a simple step-by-step check of who, when, how often and how to register to vote in the upcoming London Mayoral and Assembly Elections.

  • Cllr Helen Chuah with a friend and husband Cllr Mike Hogg
    Article: Apr 10, 2016

    Cllr Helen Chuah reports back from Colchester Council on recent boundary changes:



    "My present Ward of St Anne's will now join with St John's Ward to form one big St Anne's and St John's Ward with a total population of 15,000.

    "This boundary change for Colchester will also include fewer Councillors, from 60 reduced to 51 seats.

  • Merlene Emerson London Bridge
    Article: Apr 4, 2016

    Vice-Chair and GLA London-wide List candidate Merlene Emerson was interviewed by David Blackmore of Sutton TV recently in place of Amna Ahmed, the LibDem constituency Candidate for Sutton and Croydon. She used the opportunity to explain the complex voting system with the 3 ballot papers. As a candidate her name will not be on the ballot paper but voters will have to vote for the party to get her elected.

  • UK Border
    Article: Mar 30, 2016
    By Anna Peng



    The new £35,000 salary threshold for non-EEA people will come into effect next month. Overseas people who have worked under Tier 2 visa in the UK for the past 5 years will have to 'prove' their worth with their earnings. The additional requirement means that many face possible deportation.

    What will the route from Tier 2 (General) Working Visa to settlement (i.e. Permanent Residency) look like?

  • Merlene Emerson at HoL
    Article: Mar 21, 2016
    By Tomos Povey in Nee Hao Magazine

    With just 2 months to go, 5th May will see Londoners excitedly choose their successor to Boris Johnson as the next mayor of London. This election, however, will not only reveal the new mayor, but will also see fourteen constituency and eleven list London Assembly Members either elected or re-elected.

  • Caroline Pidgeon at CNY dinner Feb 2016
    Article: Feb 21, 2016

    Chinese Liberal Democrats celebrated the Lunar New Year on the evening of 18 February 2016 with a fundraising banquet in preparation for the Mayoral and Greater London Assembly (GLA) Elections in May 2016.

    The event was fully subscribed with VIP guests including Ms Priscilla To, Director General of the Hongkong and Economic Trade Office, representatives from the Malaysian Chinese Association UK, Operation Black Vote as well as Chinese and Korean friends from the business and grass roots communities.

  • Book on Classical Confucian Political Thought
    Article: Feb 10, 2016
    By Merlene Emerson in InterLib Magazine

    "Classical Confucian Political Thought - A New Interpretation" by Loubna El Amine

    Confucius 孔夫子 lived during the Spring and Autumn Period of China, preceding the Warring States Period, at a time when China was divided. His teachings first recorded in the Analects, circa 5th century B.C., have been widely studied over the last 2 millennia. It is therefore a bold claim by the author, Loubna El Amine, that she has come by a new interpretation of the great classical works.

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).