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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!

  • Tricks on the Dead documentary on WW1 Chinese Labour Corps
    Article: Jun 18, 2017

    "Tricks on the Dead" is an award winning documentary by Canadian film maker, Jordan Paterson on the Chinese Labour Corps and their contributions during WW1. A screening of the hour long version of the documentary will be held on:

    Date: Wed 21 June 2017

    Time: 7-8.30pm

    Venue: CR 3A, House of Lords

    The event is hosted by Baroness Lorely Burt and there will be a Q&A after the film.

    'History is nothing but a pack of tricks we play on the dead.' - Voltaire.

    China first emerged into international affairs on its road to becoming a world power in the First World War. However its emergence is in the forgotten story of an unlikely group of Chinese peasants who were sent to an imperialist war they didn't understand. Zhang Yan, a Chinese history student from the same Shandong villages as the Chinese labourers of WWI, searches to restore the collective memory of those in China and around the world who have almost entirely forgotten about the 140,000 men who made this journey 100 years ago.

  • Alexander Payton
    Article: May 31, 2017

    Alex Payton is 43 and has lived in Greenham since 2004. A graduate of Oxford University, he is a barrister specialising in contracts, duty of care, housing and land. He has been town councillor and mayor of Thatcham, and was Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for NW Hampshire in 2015 also. In his spare time he plays cricket.

  • Phil Ling
    Article: May 29, 2017

    Extract of interview with Cohan Chew of Resonate Voices

    Phil Ling was a Liberal Democrats candidate for Tooting, London in the UK's 2015 general election. He now considers himself an an activist for the party and Treasurer of the Chinese Lib Dems.

    "This election comes at the time when the UK is undertaking in the word's of Michael Heseltine, Tory Peer and ex Deputy Prime Minister, "most momentous peacetime decision of our time" with Brexit. Sadly instead of looking to have an orderly and genial exit, the Tory party have morphed into UKIP and threatening the EU and pursuing a Brexit which is leaving uncertainty in the economy. Firms are already deciding to invest in the rest of the EU rather than in the UK for access to the single market and to protect their complex supply chain from tariffs.

  • Linda Chung
    Article: May 12, 2017

    Dear friends and colleagues

    You may think it should be easy not to have problems in life, but suppose you or your family, for whatever reason, fall into difficulties, and you know that legal advice is essential to fight an injustice, but you cannot afford it.

    Imagine also others, whose lives are degraded and made miserable, but they cannot see a way out because they have no access to legal guidance.

  • Jonathan Fryer
    Article: May 4, 2017

    A long-standing member of Chinese Liberal Democrats, Jonathan Fryer, has been adopted as the LibDem parliamentary candidate for the East London constituency of Dagenham & Rainham. Jonathan studied Chinese at Oxford and Hong Kong universities and since 1993 has been a subject lecturer at London University's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). He also works as a freelance journalist and broadcaster, mainly for the BBC and several Middle Eastern TV channels.

  • Alexander Payton
    Article: Apr 30, 2017

    Alex Payton is a barrister practising in disputes about contracts, situations where there has been a breach of duty of care, and housing and land. He has been a member of the Liberal Democrats since 2001 and has campaigned successfully on many issues, from fighting to retain local post offices, to ensuring the local NHS provides for palliative care. He has been a councillor, and stood for the Liberal Democrats in North West Hampshire in the 2015 General Election.

  • Jade Smith
    Article: Apr 24, 2017

    Jade has a BA(Hons) in Business and Accounting from the University of Glamorgan in Treforest. Jade grew up in Suffolk, though after visiting her chosen University, she knew this was where she wanted to be and moved to South Wales shortly before starting University in 2011.

    Jade was diagnosed with Dyspraxia as a young child and knows how difficulties with access to diagnosis and support affect people with learning needs. Early diagnosis and support is vital to a child's development, and the subject is close to Jade's heart. Due to her own experiences, Jade developed a passion for supporting those with Specific Learning Needs, Learning Disabilities and Mental ill health. Since Primary School Jade has supported her peers with various Learning needs/Disabilities such as Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Autism, and has consistently received excellent feedback regarding her ability to be understanding and ensure that support is tailored to the individual's needs.

  • Noyelles Sur Mer April 2017
    Article: Apr 19, 2017
    By Merlene Emerson in http://weareresonate.com

    I have just returned from a 4 day road trip to France and Belgium over Easter with some of the descendants of the Chinese Labour Corps (CLCs) visiting 1st World War memorial sites in Arras, Vimy Ridge, Poperinge and Ieper.

    Less well known is the Chinese cemetery in Noyelles sur Mer where 841 members of the CLCs have been buried. Admittedly these numbers are not impressive as compared to the millions who had died in the Great War, but I would argue that 140,000 CLCs recruited by Britain and France to help in the war effort should nevertheless not be forgotten.

  • CLD march for Europe 25 March 2017
    Article: Mar 27, 2017

    On March 25th, CLDs were out in full force with thousands of others marching from Marble Arch to Parliament Square to make our voices heard and to support the 48%.

    As Dr Yee Wah Foo said, "Brexit may take different forms - if we are destined to leave, then the manner in which we leave becomes ever more important."

  • Cllr Tatyan Cheung
    Article: Mar 26, 2017

    On 19 March, a group of Chinese Liberal Democrats travelled from London and Birmingham to Cirencester for a day of action in support of Councillor Tatyan Cheung.

    We went canvassing in the village of Bibury, once described by William Morris as "the most beautiful village in England" and had a really successful day.

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.

CLD milestones over the last 10 years

Linda Chung: Lib Dem Councillor for Hampstead Town.

Anna LoAnna Lo to quit Northern Ireland politics due to racial abuse