Welcome to the Chinese Liberal Democrats

Creating a bridge between the UK Chinese community and the Liberal Democrats.

The Chinese Liberal Democrats, patrons Sir Ed Davey MP and Sir Menzies Campbell, is an associated organisation of the Liberal Democrat Party. We exist to explore ways of reaching out to the Chinese and SE Asian diaspora communities 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!

  • Screen shot of Chinese LD AGM 28.11.21
    Article: Nov 30, 2021
    By Merlene Emerson in LibDem Voice

    At a virtual AGM last Sunday, South Cambridgeshire Councillor Sarah Cheung-Johnson was unanimously elected as the new Chair Chinese LibDems for 2022. The meeting was well attended including by members from the Korean and Vietnamese diaspora communities.

    This has of course been the vision of CLDs to be a network representing not just Chinese people but those of East and SE Asian heritage as well. In fact CLDs attempted a name change to BESEA or CESEA in the past year though the resolution did not pass.

  • Screen shot of Chinese LD AGM 28.11.21
    Article: Nov 30, 2021
    By Merlene Emerson in LibDem Voice

    At a virtual AGM last Sunday, South Cambridgeshire Councillor Sarah Cheung-Johnson was unanimously elected as the new Chair Chinese LibDems for 2022. The meeting was well attended including by members from the Korean and Vietnamese diaspora communities.

    This has of course been the vision of CLDs to be a network representing not just Chinese people but those of East and SE Asian heritage as well. In fact CLDs attempted a name change to BESEA or CESEA in the past year though the resolution did not pass.

  • Cllr Marguerita Morton
    Article: Nov 25, 2021
    By Cllr Marguerita Morton, Tunbridge Wells, St Johns Ward

    am a Councillor on Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and I reported to the Overview & Scrutiny Committee at our March meeting that we had to be vigilant when Hongkongers with BN(O) status start to arrive in the country in family groups. I warned that with hate crime on the rise, even in Tunbridge Wells, the Community Safety Team had to be on the alert that people are not being attacked for their ethnicity. Hate crimes had risen by 3.2% since last year due to the constant repetition on the media that Chinese were responsible for the spread of the "Wuhan virus". This is untrue as recent studies have shown Covid-19 had been brought into the UK via Europe. It was most likely from Northern Italy where there was a severe outbreak of C-19 cases with over 6,000 recorded deaths by mid March.

  • Bauhina flag
    Article: Nov 15, 2021
    By Anon*

    "Hong Kong now faces unprecedented and fundamental crisis since its establishment as a free trade port. The worst event which had taken place was the Japanese occupation. The Japanese turned this once flourishing, special and vibrant place into an abyss. The Operation Armour, which directs all life-saving materials for the post-war Hong Kong, was based on a mutual trust and support and a special bond traversing blood and racial differences. It is no exaggeration that the people of Hong Kong owes something to Her Majesty. After delving into the history of WWII Hong Kong, I can say it fundamentally changed my view and I am feeling I have some special duty as one of the British Nationals.

  • Cressida Dick
    Article: Oct 9, 2021
    By Linda Chung in Camden New Journal and Ham and High local newspapers

    The following letter by Linda Chung to the local press in Camden, Hampstead and Highgate and published in full this week is reproduced below:

    "I attended the launch of STRIDE by Commissioner Cressida Dick on 27 September. STRIDE is the Met's strategic plan to cover inclusion, diversity, and engagement for the next five years. It was an upbeat launch, with a range of senior and junior officers talking about their work and intentions to uphold the nine principles of policing, originally set out by the Sir Robert Peel on the basis of policing by consent. Trust and confidence were the key words.

  • Dr Yeow Poon speaking at ELF event
    Article: Oct 3, 2021

    "This House Believes China is interested in co-existence rather than domination".


    True to the European Liberal Forum (ELF)'s ethos of encouraging open and informed discussions, the Oxford-union style debating format was an inspired choice for the controversial topic of China's future world domination.

  • Ed Davey MP at conference
    Article: Sep 29, 2021

    It was another action packed 4-days at conference with a wide array of debates, diverse fringe and training sessions at conference. These included the Uighur motion that was passed with only 2 objectors, an emergency trade motion "Solving the Supply Chain Crisis" proposed by Sarah Olney MP and drafted by CLD executive member, Paul Reynolds (see below), and a Race Equality amendment to the Strategy motion drafted by LDCRE (LibDem Campaign for Race Equality) and supported by CLDs.

    The party launched a new China focus group within FIRC (Federal International Relations Committee) and they hosted a fringe event on China with guest speakers including MEPs Reinhard Butikofer and Ilhan Kyuchyuk, Baroness Julie Smith and former diplomat and Chair of FIRC, George Cunningham. The lawyers group, Rights Liberties and Justice held a fringe entitled "Human Rights Challenges for the UK Foreign Policy" ably chaired by James Sandbach, with panellists Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, chair of the Uighur Tribunal and Michael Marrett-Crosby, speaking on the deteriorating situation in Myanmar. Young Liberal's foreign affairs spokesperson, Peter Douglas Banks, summated on the discussions.

    As in previous years Chinese Libdems had a virtual stall at the Conference Exhibition where we could share with anyone interested about our vision, aims and objectives, campaigning work as well as support for candidates. We were pleased to have welcomed members from other groups such as Young Liberals, LibDems Abroad as well as The Patchwork Foundation.

    In the Leader's speech, Ed invoked the words of our former leader Paddy Ashdown:
    "Our role," Paddy said, "is to be the catalyst, the gathering point for a broader movement dedicated to winning the battle of ideas which will give Britain an electable alternative to Conservative government."

    Ed stressed the key messages and solutions provided by the LibDems: to restore the British fair deal, starting with parents and children, a catch-up fund of £15 billion for school children, extensive new measures to turbo-charge education and called for more support for small businesses.

  • Article: Sep 21, 2021

    At the recent Autumn Conference, Liberal Democrats launched a new video that shows off our international credentials.

    The party has always had the reputation of leading the way in the sphere of foreign affairs and indeed CLDs' two founding patrons (the late Lord Paddy Ashdown and Sir Ming, Lord Campbell) believed that the UK can be a force for good globally.

    What does global Britain mean today and what can the government learn from the Liberal Democrats?

  • LDCRE logo
    Article: Sep 11, 2021
    By Janice Turner, Vice Chair of the Liberal Democrat Campaign for Racial Equality in LibDem Voice

    More than a year has passed since the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement stunned the world into vowing to take racism more seriously.

    Tackling racism, however, always needs to begin at home, and both Liberal Democrat Campaign for Race Equality (LDCRE) and Liberal Democrats Black Lives Action Committee (BLAC) had hoped BLM would propel the party into making faster progress to increase membership and electoral support from ethnic minorities.

  • ESEA Heritage month
    Article: Sep 9, 2021

    An energetic group of young people have launched ESEA (East and SE Asian) Heritage month in September to complement Black History Month in October. https://www.besean.co.uk/esea-heritage-month

    According to the founders of ESEA heritage month, this "would be a way not only to foster community cohesion among ESEA people themselves, but to bring ESEA culture and heritage to the forefront of narratives toward the government objective to foster a modern and diverse Britain."

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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