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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!

  • Sharon Chiu-Werhahn
    Article: Jul 11, 2017
    By Sharon Chiu-Werharn, Business Consultant and Friend of Chinese Liberal Democrats

    As I was watching the extravagant fireworks display marking the twentieth anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong, it occurred to me that my memories of this seismic event no longer had the lucidity and brilliance of twenty years ago. It did, however, succeed in jumpstarting the somewhat sluggish process of introspection and stocktaking.

  • Cllr Tatyan Cheung Cllr Jenny Forde and Maude Lomberg
    Article: Jul 9, 2017

    WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) are a campaign group that fights the injustice done to all women born in the 1950s affected by the changes to the State Pension Law (1995/2011 Acts).​​

    Cllr Tatyan Cheung had raised the issue of Women's rights at a recent Chinese Liberal Democrats executive meeting. He has also shared with CLDs about his work in persuading Cotswolds District Council to pass a motion to urge their local MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown to raise the issue of transitional state pension arrangements for women born after 1951 in Parliament.

  • Tim Farron portrait in front of Westminster
    Article: Jun 20, 2017
    By Sarah Cheung Johnson

    It is with some sadness that I write this post as Tim Farron is stepping down as leader of the Liberal Democrats because a Q&A event I attended with him organized by the Daily Mirror displayed all his best qualities: warm, engaging, passionate, witty and his arguments and points based on the most liberal of ideals: analytical and empirical thinking, not populist sloganeering. So although this blog piece was about the Q&A event, it's also a hat-tip to the man who was the Leader when I joined the party, post-Brexit, who made me tear up in Conference speeches and who fought for the 48% this year, instead of capitulating to the so-called 'will of the people' and the dogged Brexiteers who are still selling us a chimera. Thank you for your leadership, Tim.

  • Tricks on the Dead documentary on WW1 Chinese Labour Corps
    Article: Jun 18, 2017

    "Tricks on the Dead" is an award winning documentary by Canadian film maker, Jordan Paterson on the Chinese Labour Corps and their contributions during WW1. A screening of the hour long version of the documentary will be held on:

    Date: Wed 21 June 2017

    Time: 7-8.30pm

    Venue: CR 3A, House of Lords

    The event is hosted by Baroness Lorely Burt and there will be a Q&A after the film.

    'History is nothing but a pack of tricks we play on the dead.' - Voltaire.

    China first emerged into international affairs on its road to becoming a world power in the First World War. However its emergence is in the forgotten story of an unlikely group of Chinese peasants who were sent to an imperialist war they didn't understand. Zhang Yan, a Chinese history student from the same Shandong villages as the Chinese labourers of WWI, searches to restore the collective memory of those in China and around the world who have almost entirely forgotten about the 140,000 men who made this journey 100 years ago.

  • Alexander Payton
    Article: May 31, 2017

    Alex Payton is 43 and has lived in Greenham since 2004. A graduate of Oxford University, he is a barrister specialising in contracts, duty of care, housing and land. He has been town councillor and mayor of Thatcham, and was Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for NW Hampshire in 2015 also. In his spare time he plays cricket.

  • Phil Ling
    Article: May 29, 2017

    Extract of interview with Cohan Chew of Resonate Voices

    Phil Ling was a Liberal Democrats candidate for Tooting, London in the UK's 2015 general election. He now considers himself an an activist for the party and Treasurer of the Chinese Lib Dems.

    "This election comes at the time when the UK is undertaking in the word's of Michael Heseltine, Tory Peer and ex Deputy Prime Minister, "most momentous peacetime decision of our time" with Brexit. Sadly instead of looking to have an orderly and genial exit, the Tory party have morphed into UKIP and threatening the EU and pursuing a Brexit which is leaving uncertainty in the economy. Firms are already deciding to invest in the rest of the EU rather than in the UK for access to the single market and to protect their complex supply chain from tariffs.

  • Linda Chung
    Article: May 12, 2017

    Dear friends and colleagues

    You may think it should be easy not to have problems in life, but suppose you or your family, for whatever reason, fall into difficulties, and you know that legal advice is essential to fight an injustice, but you cannot afford it.

    Imagine also others, whose lives are degraded and made miserable, but they cannot see a way out because they have no access to legal guidance.

  • Jonathan Fryer
    Article: May 4, 2017

    A long-standing member of Chinese Liberal Democrats, Jonathan Fryer, has been adopted as the LibDem parliamentary candidate for the East London constituency of Dagenham & Rainham. Jonathan studied Chinese at Oxford and Hong Kong universities and since 1993 has been a subject lecturer at London University's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). He also works as a freelance journalist and broadcaster, mainly for the BBC and several Middle Eastern TV channels.

  • Alexander Payton
    Article: Apr 30, 2017

    Alex Payton is a barrister practising in disputes about contracts, situations where there has been a breach of duty of care, and housing and land. He has been a member of the Liberal Democrats since 2001 and has campaigned successfully on many issues, from fighting to retain local post offices, to ensuring the local NHS provides for palliative care. He has been a councillor, and stood for the Liberal Democrats in North West Hampshire in the 2015 General Election.

  • Jade Smith
    Article: Apr 24, 2017

    Jade has a BA(Hons) in Business and Accounting from the University of Glamorgan in Treforest. Jade grew up in Suffolk, though after visiting her chosen University, she knew this was where she wanted to be and moved to South Wales shortly before starting University in 2011.

    Jade was diagnosed with Dyspraxia as a young child and knows how difficulties with access to diagnosis and support affect people with learning needs. Early diagnosis and support is vital to a child's development, and the subject is close to Jade's heart. Due to her own experiences, Jade developed a passion for supporting those with Specific Learning Needs, Learning Disabilities and Mental ill health. Since Primary School Jade has supported her peers with various Learning needs/Disabilities such as Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Autism, and has consistently received excellent feedback regarding her ability to be understanding and ensure that support is tailored to the individual's needs.

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).