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Delighted to have made my first ever speech at LibDem Conference in Brighton, to Demand Better for our children with Special Education Needs and Disabilities.

Posted by Cllr Sarah Cheung Johnson on Thursday, 20 September 2018

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!

  • George Lee PPC Westminster North
    Article: Sep 17, 2019

    For those who do not know George Lee, he was Parliamentary Candidate for the Conservatives in 2010 in the constituency of Holborn and St Pancras.

    He was also previously a senior officer in the Metropolitan Police, rising to be Sector Commander in Paddington Green. It was in that role that he developed and led a multi-agency initiative to tackle youth gang culture, introducing a holistic joined up programme titled DEEP - Decision Education Enforcement & Prevention. This was launched after the murder of headmaster Philip Lawrence at St Georges School in Maida Vale.

  • Article: Aug 31, 2019
    By Larry Ngan

    Due to the current political situations in Hong Kong, we Chinese Liberal Democrats are about to submit an emergency motion for debate at the autumn party conference 2019.

    The motion reads as:

    Motion on Hongkong and Rights of British Nationals (Overseas)

    Drafted on behalf of Chinese Liberal Democrats 24.8.19

  • Article: Aug 2, 2019

    Dear Secretary of State

    Re: The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) - Upholding the Rights and Freedoms of its Citizens

    A peaceful protest was held in Hong Kong on 21st July 2019 to demand the HKSAR government meet a five point demand, including the withdrawal of the Extradition Bill Amendment, retracting the definition of the movement as a 'riot', and setting up an independent commission to investigate the police action on 21st June 2019.

    Following the scenes of violent attacks by thugs to punish ordinary HK protesters in Yuen Long on the 21st July, we request that you write to express to your counterpart in the Chinese Embassy that the British Government condemns in the strongest terms, these attacks against peaceful protestors and innocent civilians. We believe that the whole free world, as do the Chinese Liberal Democrats, condemn these attacks and would not want to stand by to watch these injustices.

    It is the constitutional duty of a Government to protect its citizens from harm. In HKSAR there are 800,000 holders of British National (Overseas) passports whose rights of freedom of free speech are being trampled on. These rights have been guaranteed in the Sino-British Joint Declaration signed in 1984 with the backing of the United Nations. This document preserves rights of individuals to freedom of speech and association for a further 50 years from 1st July 1997 under Article 4 of the Joint Declaration as follows:

    "(5) The current social and economic systems in Hong Kong will remain unchanged, and so will the life-style. Rights and freedoms, including those of the person, of speech, of the press, of assembly, of association, of travel, of movement, of correspondence, of strike, of choice of occupation, of academic research and of religious belief will be ensured by law in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Private property, ownership of enterprises, legitimate right of inheritance and foreign investment will be protected by law."

    Article 11 of The Joint Declaration also says:

    "(11) The maintenance of public order in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region will be the responsibility of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region."

    The United Kingdom Government and the Government of the Peoples Republic of China agreed to implement the declarations of the preceding texts and its Annexes to the Joint Declaration. There was ratification of the document in 1985 which made this document binding on the parties. So, we members of the Chinese Liberal Democrats, write to ask you to uphold the rights enshrined in The Sino-British Joint Declaration.

    On 12 March 2019, the UK Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights made two key recommendations regarding the erosion of autonomy, rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Joint Declaration and enshrined in the Basic Law:

    1. "The Government should undertake a review of the measures available to it to take action where human rights protections are not respected in practice. Where such human rights protections are not so respected, as reported to the Committee with reference to the Sino-British Joint Declaration, the Government should then take such measures as are appropriate."

    2. "We note that the Foreign Affairs Committee is currently inquiring into China and the International Rules Based System. We hope that that Committee will address this issue and that the evidence we have received will provide further background for their consideration of the Sino-British Joint Declaration."

    We request an update on whether the review of measures has taken place and, if so, what actions the Government has taken or is planning to take? We also request an update on whether the Foreign Affairs Committee has addressed the concerns raised by the Joint Committee on Human Rights and what conclusions they may have reached? As tensions and unrest continue to rise in Hong Kong, we consider it imperative that you give the matters raised in this letter your urgent attention.

    Thank you for your attention.

    Yours sincerely

    Larry Ngan

    Executive Committee Member

    For and on behalf of Chinese Liberal Democrats

  • Cllr Dr Gary Wong and local party members
    Article: Jul 7, 2019
    By Councillor Dr Gary Wong

    Introducing our new CLD Councillor Dr Gary Wong, in his own words:

    "I was born in British Hong Kong and came to Britain when I was young. I went to school initially in Orpington, Kent and later at Stonyhurst College, Lancashire.

    I was educated at University of Glasgow where I gained my medical degree. I also hold a Master degree in Sociology at University of Bristol.

  • Larry Ngan holding Guardian Newspaper HK campaign
    Article: Jun 29, 2019
    By Larry Ngan, CLD Membership Officer and Brexit Spokesperson

    An advertisement to support the Hong Kong Anti Extradition Movement appeared in 14 newspapers around the world on 27th June. The press was puzzled by 2 questions: who created the campaign and how did they manage to execute it?

    2 million Hong Kong citizens participated in the Hong Kong anti extradition bill protest on 21st June. The protesters made 3 demands: 1. the amendment of the bill to be retracted; 2. the definition of the clashes between police and civilians on 12th June as 'riot' to be retracted; and 3. an independent commission to be formed in order to investigate the police behaviour on 12th June. The Hong Kong government was forced to postpone the legislation of the bill. However, most of the demands from the protesters have not been met, so the protests turned into a long term civil disobedience movement, and a significant portion of protesters now demand the resignation of the Chief Executive, Carrie Lam.

    Most people in Hong Kong now believe that the result of the movement will largely depend on the support from foreign countries, particularly when G20 summit takes place on 28th June. Some countries such as Germany and United States have already stated they would raise the Hong Kong issue during the Summit, despite the Chinese government strongly demanding the issue not be raised.

  • Save Frank Wang event
    Article: Jun 24, 2019

    A successful campaign which Chinese Liberal Democrats have supported has helped Bethnal Green's local coffee vendor return to business after a 15 month hiatus, raising £10,000 to help him regain his coffee van.

    Frank Wang, 53, who has served coffee outside Bethnal Green Tube Station for almost two decades, will relaunch his business on Friday with the help of local supporters and well-
    wishers.

  • Larry Ngan at HK Extradition Protest 2019
    Article: Jun 20, 2019
    By Larry Ngan

    A million Hong Kong citizens went on a peaceful demonstration in Hong Kong on 12th June 2019 protesting against the government's proposed Extradition Bill. Not only did the Hong Kong government refuse the demands of the demonstrators to retract the Bill, but they also described the movement as a "riot". The police used heavy handed tactics to disperse the crowds including deployment of tear gas and pepper water spray, cornering and beating up protesters with police clubs and the making of arrests.

  • Hongkong protest 2019 (Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)
    Article: Jun 11, 2019

    We are writing to request Her Majesty's Government demand the Hong Kong Legislative Council retract the amendments to the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance ("Extradition Bill"), which is scheduled to go through to its 2nd and 3rd readings on 12th June.

    Under the current law, the judicial system in the territory is largely independent. Where an individual has been accused of breaching the laws of another country, that accused cannot be extradited by the Hong Kong Government without proper proceedings.

    We are therefore greatly concerned that the Government of the Peoples Republic of China may in future be able to exert influence over Hong Kong and the rights and freedoms of individuals including foreign nationals through the use of the Extradition Bill. Under the amended law, an accused can be extradited to any non contracting country (including China) without due process.

    The amendment could also have a major impact on the credibility of the independence of the Hong Kong legal system that has been based on Common Law, and to the freedom of British citizens who live in or outside of Hong Kong. Chinese criminal law applies beyond the boundaries of China. Therefore, a foreign citizen could commit an offence under Chinese law even if they are not located in China and/or has never been to China. If the Bill is passed, China can request the Hong Kong Government arrest this citizen the moment they set foot in Hong Kong and send them to mainland China for trial.

    It can also be used against dissidents or those critical of the Chinese Government, even if such criticism were made overseas. This does not only affect the freedom of speech of the citizens of Hong Kong, but also to those of the United Kingdom. British citizens can be arrested without trial when they enter Hong Kong only because they had criticised the Chinese Government in the United Kingdom.

    The amendment can affect the safety of British citizens in Hong Kong, particularly where, for example, the Chinese government undertakes large-scale anti corruption measures. There have been reports of businessmen being charged for corruption or breaches of accounting rules (without sufficient evidence) who were subsequently made bankrupt. Under the new law, they would lose the protection of the Hong Kong legal system.

    The Basic Law in Hong Kong guaranteed the freedom of press and fair trial under the protection of the Hong Kong judicial legal system. It is guaranteed by the British Government under the Sino British Joint Declaration 1984.

  • Cllr Marguerita Morton
    Article: May 31, 2019
    By Cllr Marguerita Morton, St John's Ward, Tunbridge Wells

    I decided to stand for my ward as a borough(district) councillor in the May elections as a Liberal Democrat, but more than that, I stood as one of three minority candidates.

    I became an accidental town councillor for Southborough Town Council in 2003 because the Mayor asked me. At the time, I had no idea what a councillor did but I was willing to go along to the council meeting to see what it was all about! After becoming a Lib Dem councillor at the first try, I decided that I rather liked meeting the residents, being able to make decisions on renewing a children's play park, improving local amenities on the estate, going to the local primary school and being invited to see the Christmas performances.

  • Cllr Helen Chuah with Rabina Khan, Roger Lynch, Kishan Devani
    Article: May 31, 2019

    Congratulations, first of all, to Cllr Helen Chuah who has been triumphantly re-elected as Councillor in St Ann's ward on Colchester Council. The LibDems came through strongly holding every seat and even winning one from the Tories. It was great to see Helen Chuah and Nick Cope hold their seats well in difficult circumstances (and Nick will be their Lib Dem Mayor for the coming year).

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.

Linda Chung: Lib Dem Councillor for Hampstead Town.

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