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!

  • Chinese Llibdems AGM 2018
    Event: May 30, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Notice is hereby given to call an Extraordinary meeting to decide on the following change in the Constitution of the Chinese Liberal Democrats: to change its name to BESEA Liberal Democrats or CESEA Liberal Democrats.

    BESEA stands for British E & SE Asian and CESEA stands for Chinese, E & SE Asian.

  • Chinese fortune cookie advert
    Article: May 16, 2021
    By Merlene Emerson

    What's in a Name?

    We conducted a Survey recently on a proposed name change for Chinese Liberal Democrats. This initiative was partly spurred on by a rise in Sinophobia and Covid19 anti-racism against people of Chinese and East Asian appearance. Singaporeans and South Koreans alike have suffered race hate attacks under Covid19. We would like to reach out to represent and speak up for them too.

    In addition, there has also been a move over the last decade, particularly amongst those working in the arts and media to identify themselves as "East and SE Asean", a term that has entered the lexicon.

  • Victoria Collins in Islington
    Article: Apr 24, 2021
    By Victoria Collins in Linked In

    I've thought long and hard about this. I've often tried to keep business and politics separate but the crises we're all facing are too big to ignore. I see this as an important stance in civic engagement.

    If there's any way you can get more involved in helping your local community - do it.

    So here I am, standing to be a local Councillor in the UK.

    ❓ What is a local Councillor?
    In the UK, the primary level of elections takes place across a ward (there are around 10k in the UK each with an average of 5k). Each of those wards has three Councillors representing them.

    🤝 Why local Councillor?
    The more I've got involved in politics, the more I realise the importance of Councillors on the front line. A good Councillor helps local residents get the support they need. They help shape local policies on social support, health, housing, waste and recycling, health, transport, culture and environment.

    🔶 Why the Liberal Democrats?
    No party is perfect. I joined the LibDems in the fight to stop Brexit. Since then I've discovered a group of people who care about helping people and making a difference. We stand for individual freedoms as well as supporting the community. We're about tolerance, fairness and equal opportunity.

  • Image of Zurich
    Article: Apr 19, 2021
    By Louise An, guest blog

    Switzerland's first voting in 2021 was held on the first Sunday of March, when over 50% of qualified voters decided to ban Muslim women from covering their faces in public places. Before the vote, the Swiss far-right party and the Swiss People's Party (SVP), which proposed the initiative, put up posters across the country with a Muslim woman whose face was covered by burka; we only saw her angry and fierce eyes. "Stop Extremists!" was the main message that SVP delivered to the public.

  • CRED Report April 2021
    Article: Apr 10, 2021
    By Dr Yeow Poon, Chair of CLDs

    CLD was one of the 325 organisations and 2,004 individuals who responded in good faith to an open consultation in November 2020 by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities.

    The Commission was established by Prime Minster Boris Johnson to investigate race and ethnic disparities in the UK and the state of race relations today. Although the report made some sensible recommendations its overall tone and the conclusion that there is no evidence of institutional racism, structural racism or white privilege in the UK is wrong. The report has been utterly rejected by increasing numbers of academics, anti-racism organisations, health professionals and even professional bodies, like the Royal Institute of British Architects and the British Sociological Association. The report has been criticised for cherry picking data to suit a pre-determined narrative and ignoring huge swathes of research.

  • Cllr Marguerita Morton
    Article: Apr 7, 2021
    By Cllr Marguerita Morton, Tunbridge Wells, St Johns Ward

    I 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 Hong Kongers with BN(O) status start to arrive in the country in family groups. I warned, with hate crime on the rise even in Tunbridge Wells, the Community Safety Team had to be alert to people being attacked for their ethnicity. Hate crimes had risen locally by 3.2% since last year due in part to the initial portrayal on the media that the Chinese were responsible for the spread of the "Wuhan virus".

  • PPC James Main, David Heath and others
    Article: Mar 21, 2021
    By James Main (based on an interview by Merlene Emerson)


    My mother is Hong Kong Chinese and from a long line of Chinese merchants in Hong Kong who unfortunately suffered badly under the Japanese. My father was an engineer in the Merchant Navy and he was from a very small fishing village in the North East of Scotland and met my mother in Hong Kong.

  • David Nam and family circa 1955
    Article: Mar 12, 2021

    David was the first British Chinese Councillor elected across all parties as far back as 1976. CLD's Merlene Emerson had the privilege of interviewing him for this blog.

    Q 1. ME: Could you share with us a bit of your family background? I understand your story is both typical of its time as well as unique in its own way.

    DN: I was born in Carmarthen, south west Wales in 1940. My father, born 1888, originally came from Canton (Toi San) area, landing in Liverpool in the late 20's via Malaysia. He actually stowed away on a boat and had paid Chinese sailors to look after him whilst on board! There is a family myth that he intended to meet up with his brother who lived in Chicago, but the US law at the time prohibited Chinese naltionals from entering the country.

  • Article: Mar 8, 2021

    To mark International Women's Day 2021 we thought we should highlight some diverse voices you could follow who are speaking out on issues like racism, equality and liberal values.

    British East Asian voices

    A recent BBC Three documentary exploring Beauty, Sex and Bodies, presented in a very honest way by Elaine Chong is still available to view on BBC iPlayer.

  • Myanmar protests
    Article: Mar 2, 2021
    By Dr Yeow Poon, Chair of CLDs, Chair of Policy in West Midlands in Libdem Voice

    History appears to be repeating itself in Myanmar with the military unwilling to relinquish control. Will thousands be killed again, as massive numbers of people nationwide protest in the streets and are engaged in civil disobedience?

    Following independence from British colonial rule in 1948, disagreements amongst political elites, the civil wars with ethnic-based groups and anxieties over communist influence led to General Ne Win forming a caretaker government in 1958. An election was held in 1960, but when minority groups pushed for a loose federal structure, which were seen by the military as separatist movements, General Ne Win took over in a coup d'état.

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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