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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!

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    Article: Nov 13, 2019
    By Dr George Lee, PPC for Westminster North and member of Chinese Liberal Democrats.

    140,000 patriotic Chinese volunteered to go to the Western Front in World War 1 to help the British and the French dig trenches and perform other manual work. This was because they thought that Western democracies would appreciate their sacrifices and reward China justly after the war for her contribution.

  • George Lee
    Article: Nov 3, 2019

    Dear Colleagues and Friends

    Are you ready for 12 December? This is the chance to change the course of history, to stop Brexit and Build a Better Future.

    The Liberal Democrats are ready for the General Elections and Chinese LibDems have a candidate, Dr George Lee, standing in Westminster North who needs your help.

  • ALDE Congress 2019 Merlene Emerson Joyce Onstad and co
    Article: Oct 31, 2019
    By Merlene Emerson

    The acronym ALDE stands for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe of which the Liberal Democrats are a member. There are currently 67 member parties and together with France's En Marche make up the RENEW Group, the 3rd largest grouping in the European Parliament with 108 MEPs. They sit in the centre of the hemicycle between the socialists on the left and the conservative and nationalistic parties on the right and are an influential force in Europe with 5 Liberal Commissioners.

    I recently returned from 3 intense days of networking with our European friends in historic Athens, the cradle of democracy, where we were gathered for ALDE's 40th Congress. A bit like LibDem conferences, there were opportunities for training sessions eg on digital marketing, meeting and hearing from elected politicians such as the Liberal Prime Minister of Luxembourg and the chance to make policy at plenary sessions, ranging from Climate Change to Urgency resolutions on Iraq, Turkey and, of course, BREXIT.

  • Larry Ngan at HK Extradition Protest 2019
    Article: Oct 28, 2019
    By CLDs Executive Committee

    Since July, as the situation in Hong Kong worsened, CLD and other Lib Dems had made several responses. An emergency motion was submitted to the Autumn conference (on inter alia the rights of BNO passport holders) which was not successful in being selected for debate. CLD also wrote to the UK Foreign Secretary and received a polite reply, and Alistair Carmichael MP, the Lib Dem Chief Whip, had put out a statement deploring police violence in HK.

  • Chinese LibDems meet for lunch during Lib Dem Conference
    Article: Oct 3, 2019

    The party conference came at an exciting time not least because of the massive increase in support for our party, The Liberal Democrats, over the past year. I am one of the new members who joined the party over the last year. There is little doubt the expense of attending conference can be a concern. After all, a quick getaway to the Mediterranean may cost just as much, and those seaside beaches may be a little more exotic than the familiar Bournemouth. However, I am confident you will find a four days trip with the Lib Dems appealing after reading my experience, a first time at the national party conference.

  • Article: Sep 30, 2019
    By Dr George Lee, PPC for Westminster North and member of Chinese Liberal Democrats. in LibDem Voice

    Dr George Lee PPC Westminster North

    I was pleased to be adopted recently as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Westminster North. My journey to this point has been a long one. Through a career in business, the police, another party and all the way from Hong Kong, I have been emboldened to join the fight to demand better for our communities and country than this Tory-Labour mess.

  • 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.

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.

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