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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!

  • Chinese LibDem Candidates for May local elections (L-R) Linda Chung, Merlene Emerson, Sarah Cheung Johnson
    Article: Apr 5, 2018

    We have three Chinese Liberal Democrat candidates standing in this May's local elections and here's a little more about them.

    Merlene Emerson

    Merlene needs no introduction as our Chinese Liberal Democrat co-chair and Chair of the new Liberal Democrat Race Equality Policy Working Group. Here is Merlene's own introduction for the local elections where she is standing in Barnes, London.

  • Shavonne Konno at Merlene Emerson's action day
    Article: Mar 30, 2018
    By Shavonne Konno, Treasurer of CLDs

    After deciding to join the Liberal Democrats not so long ago I was astonished to find during the General Elections last June that my vote would not stand for much. There wasn't a suitable candidate who represented my views in my constituency in Kent. It was an inspirational moment, and one that led me to spring into action and commit to making 2018 a pro-active campaigning year.

  • Sir Vince Cable MP with Ruby Chow
    Article: Mar 16, 2018
    By Ruby Chow in Tower Hamlets LibDems website

    I had been struggling for a while on whether to head to Spring Conference or to stay in London and on the doorstep with Elaine [Bagshaw], Shelly, Jack and Tara. Eventually, I decided to head to the conference. I wanted to learn more about how a campaign operates as we approach the short campaign, and how I could really contribute. Conference didn't disappoint.

  • Cllr Tatyan Cheung
    Article: Feb 19, 2018

    Co-Chair of Chinese Liberal Democrats Tatyan Cheung gives a rare interview on what attracted him to the Liberal Democrats, life as a Town Councillor and encourages younger members of Chinese community to get involved in politics too.

    Q: Many people from the Chinese community especially from the 1st generation shun politics. What was it about the Liberal Democrats that attracted you to join as a member?

  • Statue of Gladstone CNY
    Article: Feb 19, 2018
    By Merlene Emerson, Co-Chair CLDs

    What would Liberal Prime Minister Gladstone have thought of his statue holding two red lanterns, or of the sight of a Chinese lion prancing up the grand marble staircase of the Club that he had founded?

    The Chinese LibDems returned to the NLC for a second year running, but for the first time, Janet Berridge, (the first female Chairman at the National Liberal Club in its 136 year history) was present to host the proceedings.

  • Dr Vince Cable
    Article: Feb 14, 2018
    By Will Cheung

    A Chinese New Year message, from the Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats:

    I would like to wish a Happy New Year to our friends and members of the Chinese community in the UK and to all who celebrate Lunar New Year during this time of year. May it be a time of great joy and celebration with family and friends.

  • Merlene Emerson presents Sarah Cheung Johnson with a Chinese LibDems grant ()
    Article: Feb 12, 2018

    Sarah Cheung Johnson was a candidate in local elections May 17. She applied for and got a Chinese LibDem grant towards her campaign. She writes:

    I ran as a brand new candidate for my division in the Cambridgeshire County Council elections in May 17, coming 146 votes short of the Tory incumbent.

    I applied for and received a grant from the Chinese LibDems which I used towards having some more literature and paid phone banking. My area was a brand new one for Libdem activism and we had very scant data - we had to build up a delivery network, activists and voter data from scratch over a short period of 5 months. And all this in a division which has put UKIP in second place at the last by-election!
  • Book cover
    Article: Jan 28, 2018
    By Dr Yeow Poon, Chair of England China Business Forum and Vice-Chair of CLDs

    Given the way state institutions, whether in authoritarian or liberal societies, manipulate the public space in recent years, this is a timely book by author, Ya Wen-Lei. It explores the factors encouraging or discouraging open public discourse. Although the primary focus of the book is on the contentious public space in China, there are broader lessons to be drawn as populism with authoritarian tendencies seems to be gaining ground in western democracies.

  • Lord Paddy Ashdown at FCC
    Article: Jan 25, 2018
    By Kevin Cheung

    Lord Paddy Ashdown, Liberal Democrat leader and Patron of CLDs, had a two-day fact-finding mission to Hong Kong (27 Nov 2017 - 28 Nov 2017).

    Speaking to the Foreign Correspondents' Club, Lord Ashdown said Britain must remember its obligations to its former colony Hong Kong, even as it pursues post-Brexit trade deals with Beijing.

  • Prince Harry Megan engagement
    Article: Dec 28, 2017
    By Merlene Emerson in Libdem Voice

    The Queen has in her Christmas speech welcomed new members into the royal family in 2018.

    Prince Harry will soon have a mother-in-law who is African American and the young couple's future children will be of mixed race heritage. The society pages lap up the fairy-tale love story and we all cheer ourselves on how liberal we have become as a nation.

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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