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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!

  • Tim Farron portrait in front of Westminster
    Article: Jan 23, 2017

    "Dear Friends

    I would like to wish you all a Happy Lunar New Year. May it bring good fortune to you, your family and your loved ones.

    The Chinese community plays a treasured role in British society, as well as in our economy. I hope the Liberal Democrats can further facilitate this positive relationship in the year head.

  • Jerry Cheung at Sheffield Business Awards
    Article: Dec 4, 2016

    Chinese Liberal Democrats would like to congratulate our Co-Chair Jerry Cheung, Managing Director of New Era Development (UK) Ltd for receiving the prestigious Sheffield Business Award in the category of "Special Recognition," for his contributions to the City!

    New Era Square is a 20 storey scheme with 86,100 sq ft space for retail, student flats and office space. The project is largely funded by investments from China and there will be an exhibition hall for cultural activities as well as serving as a business incubator to enhance trade links between China and the UK.

  • Chinese and UK flags
    Article: Nov 1, 2016
    By Dr Yee Wah Foo and Cllr Tatyan Cheung

    Co-Chair of Chinese Liberal Democrats Dr Yee Wah Foo and Cllr Tatyan Cheung report back on the APPCG meeting they had attended on 24 October at Portcullis House, chaired by Richard Graham MP on the Lord Mayor of London's recent visit to China:

    The Lord Mayor had led a business delegation to HK, Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin. The panel members were: Sir Tom Troubridge (CBBC), Stephen King (HSBC) and David Sayer (KPMG)

  • Esther Lam
    Article: Oct 25, 2016

    At the recent executive meeting of the Chinese Liberal Democrats on Sunday 23 October, the meeting co-opted Esther Lam as our new Membership Development officer.

    Esther was born in Hong Kong and also grew up in Bermuda and London. With a background in international relations, political philosophy, psychology and education, she is interested in development, humanitarian and educational issues. She has worked for several non-governmental organizations in the UK, Romania and South Africa.

  • Dragon Boat Race at Royal Albert Docks, Lib Dem President Simon Hughes supporting the Democracy Dragons
    Article: Sep 22, 2016

    Sep 2006

    Launch of Chinese Liberal Democrats founded by Linda Chung and Merlene Emerson at the Libdem Conference in Brighton, during leadership of Sir Menzies Campbell MP (now Lord Campbell). Linda Chung first Chair of CLD, Vice-Chairs Sam Li and Paul Bensilum.

    May 2007

    Anna Lo MLA of sister party, Alliance Party is elected to NI Assembly. CLD invite her to London with visit to Palace of Westminster with Chinese community group

    June 2008

    CLD takes part in Dragon Boat Race as "Min Zhu Long" or "Democracy Dragons" at London Regatta Centre

    Sep 2008

    Linda Chung wins byelection and becomes Councillor of Camden Council following campaign with slogan "Love Hampstead, Vote Linda"

    Feb 2009

    CLD helped to organise fundraising event for families of 23 cockle pickers on 5th anniversary of the tragedy at Morecambe Bay

    May-June 2009

    CLD supports "Strangers to Citizens" campaign working with Citizens UK and BC Project's "Get Active Get Voting" campaign encouraging British Chinese to register to vote

    Mar 2010

    CLD produces "Missing Voices" literature and reached out to Chinese community in London and Birmingham

    May 2010

    CLD field 4 Parliamentary Candidates in GE: Merlene Emerson in Hammersmith, Philip Ling in Bromsgrove, Alex Payton in Havant and Allan Witherick in Broxbourne

    Nov 2010

    Community Minister Andrew Stunnell invited to take part in round table discussion with Chinese community to understand issues of concern including immigration, pay gap for Chinese employees and lack of elderly housing support

    Feb-May 2011

    CLD campaign on Fairer Votes: "the Rabbit says Yes!"

    April 2011

    CLD holds first joint event with Liberal International British Group with talk by Martin Jacques, author of "When China Rules the World"

    May 2011

    Mayor making in Colchester as Cllr Helen Chuah makes history as first female Mayor of Chinese descent in the UK

    Dec 2011

    Phil Ling and Sarah Yong selected to be on the Leadership Programme

    Mar 2012

    CLD works with BC Project on Crime Survey and with Schools Minister Sarah Teather MP on take up of Free School Meals

    May 2012

    Merlene Emerson stands as GLA candidate, placed 5th on the London wide List

    Jan-Mar 2013

    CLD takes on 2 interns, Kevin Cheung and Isabelle Lei-Carter with hot desks at Libdem HQ

    May 2013

    Cllr Alex Payton contests and is successful in local byelection in Newbury

    July 2013

    East West Business networking event at the Roux at Parliament Square with Business Secretary, Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP

    Nov 2013

    CLD members Sarah Yong, Alex Payton and Merlene Emerson participate in Study trip to Hongkong and China organised by BC Project

    Dec 2013

    Publication of "UK China Twinned Cities", research commissioned by CLD, authored by Carl Carlstedt and Chris Georgiou

    May 2014

    CLD support 5 candidates in local elections: Linda Chung in Hampstead Town, Alex Melia for Dollis Hill, Philip Ling in West Barnes, Hong Ling Dyer and Merlene Emerson in Mortlake and Barnes, respectively

    May 2014

    Cllr Sam Li is inaugurated Deputy Mayor of Lewes

    Sep 2014

    CLD holds first joint fringe event with ALDES and proposes HK emergency motion at Autumn Conference

    May 2015

    Alex Payton stands in N W Hampshire, Philip Ling in Tooting and Steven Cheung in Walthamstow in GE. Cllr Tatyan Cheung is elected to New Mills ward in Cotswolds

    Jan 2016

    Co-Chairs Dr Yee Wah Foo and Jerry Cheung begin new term on CLD executive

    May 2016

    Cllr Helen Chuah is re-elected in local elections in St Anne's Ward. Merlene Emerson stands in London Assembly elections, 3rd on the London wide list

    June 2016

    Cllr Tatyan Cheung debates in favour of Remaining in EU at panel discussion in Chinatown

    July 2016

    Dr Yee Wah Foo presents BBC Radio programme on Fu Bing Chang Diaries

  • Song Dynasty Poet
    Article: Sep 15, 2016

    Chinese Liberal Democrats would like to wish everyone a very Happy Mid Autumn Festival!

    Traditionally a time for reunions and for reflection, it is also a chance to think of family and friends who may be far away.

    As the Song Dynasty poet SuShi had written, we may be 1000 miles apart but we still share and enjoy the beauty and light of the full moon.

  • CLC play on 8 Sep 2016
    Article: Aug 25, 2016

    100 years ago, the British and French armies recruited 140,000 Chinese men to work behind the Western Front during the First World War. They were the CHINESE LABOUR CORPS (CLC) who made a vital contribution to help the Allies win, but have since become "the forgotten of the forgotten"* in WW1 history.

  • Dr YeeWah Foo
    Article: Jul 23, 2016

    Dr Fu Bingchang was the Republic of China's Ambassador to the U.S.S.R between 1943-1949.
    He was also the late grandfather of Chinese Liberal Democrat Co-Chair, Dr YeeWah Foo, an academic at the University of Lincoln.
    Radio 4 recently interviewed Yee Wah about her research into the diaries left by her famous grandfather, broadcast on 19 July.
    As Yee Wah commented in the radio interview, the diaries "tell the story of China's emergence onto the diplomatic stage as the Second World War ended, and a colder kind of warfare began".Grandfather Fu helped to professionalise China's diplomatic service and managed to cement China's place as a great power.It culminated significantly in the signing of the Moscow Treaty in 1943 by the four allies of the Second World War: Foreign Minister Hull for the US, Molotov for the USSR, Eden for the UK and Dr Fu Bingchang, Ambassador, for the Republic of China.

  • Tim Farron MP
    Article: Jul 3, 2016

    Tim Farron MP, leader of the Liberal Democrats has made it clear that our Party will fight to keep Britain in the EU and he has pledged to halt Brexit.

    Whilst we respected the result of the referendum, it was perfectly legitimate to put the question to the British people at a general election. Tim has said:

  • Merlene Emerson London Bridge
    Article: Jun 12, 2016

    As is the convention, on the official birthday of Her Majesty the Queen, the London Gazette publishes the list of people from all walks of life who have been honoured for their contributions to society.

    According to the Press Release from the Cabinet office, 1,149 people have received awards in this historic year. 70% of the recipients are people who have undertaken outstanding work in their communities either in a voluntary or paid capacity. There are 538 successful women candidates in the list, representing 47% of the total. And 8.2% of the successful candidates (90 people) come from a BAME background: the greatest ever number of BAME recipients in an honours list.

    Within that number of 90, we are delighted to announce is our very own Vice-Chair and Co-founder, Merlene Toh Emerson who has received an M.B.E. for "political and public service".

    She is one of a number of other Liberal Democrats who were named in the Queens Birthday Honours. See the LibDem Voice blog for more information.

    Merlene said:

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.

Merlene Emerson: interview with BC Project on why it is important to vote at the next elections

Linda Chung: Lib Dem Councillor for Hampstead Town.

Anna LoAnna Lo: MLA for South Belfast for the Alliance Party (sister party to LIberal Democrats).