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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!

  • Castle Baynard byelection
    Article: Oct 16, 2018
    By Merlene Emerson in LibDem Voice

    Last week (9 October) I stood for the first time in the City of London elections in Castle Baynard ward that stretches from Fleet Street to Blackfriars, taking in St Paul's Cathedral. It was a 3-week whirlwind of a campaign. The by-election was called as one of the Common Councilmen in the ward was elected as an Alderman elsewhere and created a vacancy. There were 8 of us contesting one place.

  • Larry Ngan
    Article: Sep 24, 2018
    By Larry Ngan

    I was always tempted to have a first-hand experience of the LibDem national party conference, and this year I finally made it.

    My overall verdict is: my schedule during those 2 days became so packed, and I got more than what I anticipated.

    It was a dynamic and busy weekend with a lot going on. The guidebooks filled with all sort of events. There are a lot of things going on: debates on policies, fringe sessions, trainings and others. On top of it, there are Easter eggs in the conference because there are a lot of events which are not mentioned in the guidebook/agenda.

  • Frank Wang
    Article: Aug 9, 2018
    By Linda Chung

    Frank Wang ran a small coffee cart by one of the entrances to Bethnal Green tube station. It's a very busy area, he's been there for 15 years, standing out in all weathers. He's popular and well known for his kindness, offering affordable coffees, and hot drinks to the homeless in the winter.

    A few months ago, when work started on a new upmarket bar just behind his pitch, his electricity was cut-off in suspicious circumstances. Frank received threatening racist notes telling him to leave and to go back to where he belongs. He bought a new generator, which was then stolen. TfL as his landlord will not reconnect him. He can't continue his business; his livelihood and home are under threat.

  • Chinatown Fishing Raid Linda Chung
    Article: Aug 1, 2018
    By Tom Foot in West End Extra 27 July 2018

    Chinatown was shut down for five hours [on 24 July] during a strike triggered by "hostile environment" immigration raids that led to one blind mute protester almost being run over by a Home Office van.

    Hundreds of traders walked out at midday on Tuesday and marched to the Home Office waving placards and chanting slogans including "No more fishing raids" and "Justice for Chinatown".

  • Larry Ngan
    Article: Jul 28, 2018
    By Larry Ngan, Former Lib Dems Local Councillor Candidate for Queensbury, Brent in Brent LibDems website

    No one wants to step into a pile of rubbish when you walk out from your house, not to mention a street littered with garbage.

    Unfortunately this happens to the residents in the apartment blocks on the Capitol Way, Queensbury.

    It is located on the edge of the borough of Brent, with a bus stop providing 2 vital connections to the tube station, an Asda Superstore, a brand new M and S, Aldi, and Wilko.

  • CWT Dragon Boat Race
    Article: Jul 1, 2018

    On 3 June, Co-Chair of CLD Merlene Emerson captained a team that took part in the London Hongkong Dragon Boat Race at the Albert Docks. The annual boat race was organised by the London Chinatown Lions Club and is an event which CLDs had taken part in many years ago - paddling as the "Democracy Dragons".

    The Chinese Welfare Trust scratch team wearing their distinctive tee shirts with water dragon logo managed to win a place in the charity finals. The team made up of 16 paddlers and a drummer fundraised for the first Chinese speaking Admiral Nurse, specialising in caring for patients with dementia, a most worthy cause which CLD supports as well.

  • South Cambridgeshire election May 2018
    Article: Jun 20, 2018
    By Sarah Cheung Johnson

    Here's a picture of myself with a whole host of South Cambs LibDems celebrating a historic victory. We not only took South Cambs District Council out of the hands of the Tories, we won 30 of the 45 seats and are now in control of the District. In the process, I have become the first ever ethnically Chinese Councillor in Cambridgeshire.

  • Article: May 28, 2018
    By Merlene Emerson

    China's foray into the African continent probably began during the Ming Dynasty when Admiral Cheng He voyaged the coast of Somalia and on to the Mozambique Channel. With President Xi Jin Ping's Maritime Silk Road and Belt and Road Initiative, China's interest in African countries has entered a new phase, playing a significant role in its foreign, economic and geo-political strategy.

    Members of LIBG and their guests were treated to a most informative and thought provoking forum at the National Liberal Club on 21 May chaired by Phil Bennion on the theme of "Chinese Influence in Africa - Who Benefits?"

  • Winning team South Cambridgeshire Local Elections May 2018
    Article: May 9, 2018

    Statement from Sarah Cheung Johnson in South Cambridgshire (Longstanton Ward):

    "We would like to thank the wonderful team that stand behind us and have made this election victory possible. Only those who have experienced an election campaign can know the hours, hard work and dedication that goes into winning an election - even more so a patch that has never had a Liberal Democrat (and now has 2!) Across South Cambs many residents felt the need for change, for strong, active representation and to stand up for our villages The LibDems won 30 of the 45 seats and now have overall control of the District Council. This will allow us to enact real change and allow us to hold to account local government in a region already represented by a Tory run County Council, Tory Mayor and Tory MP.

  • Marguerita Morton and Paddy Ashdown
    Article: Apr 17, 2018

    Marguerita in her own words:

    I have been active as a member of the Liberal Democrat party since 2003 when I was first elected as a Town Councillor for Southborough and re-elected in 2007.

    I came to Tunbridge Wells as an 11 year old from Hong Kong with my parents for a better education and prospects. It was my parents who taught me the value of education. hard work, and a loving family.

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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