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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!

  • Larry Ngan holding Guardian Newspaper HK campaign
    Article: Jun 29, 2019
    By Larry Ngan, CLD Membership Officer and Brexit Spokesperson

    An advertisement to support the Hong Kong Anti Extradition Movement appeared in 14 newspapers around the world on 27th June. The press was puzzled by 2 questions: who created the campaign and how did they manage to execute it?

    2 million Hong Kong citizens participated in the Hong Kong anti extradition bill protest on 21st June. The protesters made 3 demands: 1. the amendment of the bill to be retracted; 2. the definition of the clashes between police and civilians on 12th June as 'riot' to be retracted; and 3. an independent commission to be formed in order to investigate the police behaviour on 12th June. The Hong Kong government was forced to postpone the legislation of the bill. However, most of the demands from the protesters have not been met, so the protests turned into a long term civil disobedience movement, and a significant portion of protesters now demand the resignation of the Chief Executive, Carrie Lam.

    Most people in Hong Kong now believe that the result of the movement will largely depend on the support from foreign countries, particularly when G20 summit takes place on 28th June. Some countries such as Germany and United States have already stated they would raise the Hong Kong issue during the Summit, despite the Chinese government strongly demanding the issue not be raised.

  • Save Frank Wang event
    Article: Jun 24, 2019

    A successful campaign which Chinese Liberal Democrats have supported has helped Bethnal Green's local coffee vendor return to business after a 15 month hiatus, raising £10,000 to help him regain his coffee van.

    Frank Wang, 53, who has served coffee outside Bethnal Green Tube Station for almost two decades, will relaunch his business on Friday with the help of local supporters and well-

  • Larry Ngan at HK Extradition Protest 2019
    Article: Jun 20, 2019
    By Larry Ngan

    A million Hong Kong citizens went on a peaceful demonstration in Hong Kong on 12th June 2019 protesting against the government's proposed Extradition Bill. Not only did the Hong Kong government refuse the demands of the demonstrators to retract the Bill, but they also described the movement as a "riot". The police used heavy handed tactics to disperse the crowds including deployment of tear gas and pepper water spray, cornering and beating up protesters with police clubs and the making of arrests.

  • Hongkong protest 2019 (Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)
    Article: Jun 11, 2019

    We are writing to request Her Majesty's Government demand the Hong Kong Legislative Council retract the amendments to the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance ("Extradition Bill"), which is scheduled to go through to its 2nd and 3rd readings on 12th June.

    Under the current law, the judicial system in the territory is largely independent. Where an individual has been accused of breaching the laws of another country, that accused cannot be extradited by the Hong Kong Government without proper proceedings.

    We are therefore greatly concerned that the Government of the Peoples Republic of China may in future be able to exert influence over Hong Kong and the rights and freedoms of individuals including foreign nationals through the use of the Extradition Bill. Under the amended law, an accused can be extradited to any non contracting country (including China) without due process.

    The amendment could also have a major impact on the credibility of the independence of the Hong Kong legal system that has been based on Common Law, and to the freedom of British citizens who live in or outside of Hong Kong. Chinese criminal law applies beyond the boundaries of China. Therefore, a foreign citizen could commit an offence under Chinese law even if they are not located in China and/or has never been to China. If the Bill is passed, China can request the Hong Kong Government arrest this citizen the moment they set foot in Hong Kong and send them to mainland China for trial.

    It can also be used against dissidents or those critical of the Chinese Government, even if such criticism were made overseas. This does not only affect the freedom of speech of the citizens of Hong Kong, but also to those of the United Kingdom. British citizens can be arrested without trial when they enter Hong Kong only because they had criticised the Chinese Government in the United Kingdom.

    The amendment can affect the safety of British citizens in Hong Kong, particularly where, for example, the Chinese government undertakes large-scale anti corruption measures. There have been reports of businessmen being charged for corruption or breaches of accounting rules (without sufficient evidence) who were subsequently made bankrupt. Under the new law, they would lose the protection of the Hong Kong legal system.

    The Basic Law in Hong Kong guaranteed the freedom of press and fair trial under the protection of the Hong Kong judicial legal system. It is guaranteed by the British Government under the Sino British Joint Declaration 1984.

  • Cllr Marguerita Morton
    Article: May 31, 2019
    By Cllr Marguerita Morton, St John's Ward, Tunbridge Wells

    I decided to stand for my ward as a borough(district) councillor in the May elections as a Liberal Democrat, but more than that, I stood as one of three minority candidates.

    I became an accidental town councillor for Southborough Town Council in 2003 because the Mayor asked me. At the time, I had no idea what a councillor did but I was willing to go along to the council meeting to see what it was all about! After becoming a Lib Dem councillor at the first try, I decided that I rather liked meeting the residents, being able to make decisions on renewing a children's play park, improving local amenities on the estate, going to the local primary school and being invited to see the Christmas performances.

  • Cllr Helen Chuah with Rabina Khan, Roger Lynch, Kishan Devani
    Article: May 31, 2019

    Congratulations, first of all, to Cllr Helen Chuah who has been triumphantly re-elected as Councillor in St Ann's ward on Colchester Council. The LibDems came through strongly holding every seat and even winning one from the Tories. It was great to see Helen Chuah and Nick Cope hold their seats well in difficult circumstances (and Nick will be their Lib Dem Mayor for the coming year).

  • European elections 23 May 2019 (Reuters)
    Article: May 24, 2019
    By Larry Ngan

    The EU election 2019 may signal an upsurge of support for Liberal Democrats, but it is not a good day for our democracy when #deniedmyvote suddenly emerged everywhere in the UK during the Election Day.

    Professor Tanja Bueltmann (@cliodaspora) first started this hashtag in order to find out how widespread was the situation where EU citizens were turned away from polling centres and denied their right to vote.

    Even to her surprise, in her own words, 'I did not see coming the thousands of tweets and stories. The scale is huge. Today was so much worse than I expected.'

    Here are some examples:

    @marcellafinazzi went to the polling station with her orange poll card on the Election Day, but she was turned away because she was identified as an Italian citizen, though the polling card clearly said she was registered to vote for South West Region in England.

    @leedseurope mentioned a case where a Polish woman 'was told SIX times she could not vote, but was insistent and eventually they found her on the roll and she has now voted'.

    @renatadegroot was turned away because she was an EU citizen, she 'called the council & it's because they didn't send me a form in time. They told me to take it up with the post office'

  • Article: May 23, 2019

    I was in Hong Kong in March, and most of my friends had asked me the same question: How's the progress with BN(O) equal rights movement and how did Brexit affect it?

    So what is BN(O)? It stands for British National (Overseas). According to the Home Office website, it means 'Someone who was a British overseas territories citizen by connection with Hong Kong was able to register as a BN(O) before 1 July 1997.' They are not granted Right of Abode anywhere, including the UK and HK.

  • Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong
    Article: Apr 11, 2019

    Below is an excerpt from a piece on Politics Home that Alistair Carmichael wrote. For the full piece click here.

    Back in 2014, the Umbrella Movement started a 79 day protest movement of passive resistance and non-violent direct action seeking free and fair elections in Hong Kong. At its peak the centre of Hong Kong was brought to a standstill by massive occupations. While ultimately unsuccessful, it was a display of peaceful protest that shook the Chinese government to the core and, as such, was never going to be allowed to go unanswered.

  • Marguerita Morton at Peoples Vote March
    Article: Mar 26, 2019
    By Sarah Cheung Johnson

    This was my 4th Remain March - and still only the 4th protest I've ever attending in person and we knew it was going to be huge! So proud to be one of the million who marched in London for a Final Say for All.

    I say march, in reality it was standing for 3 hours and then shuffling for another 2. We didn't even make it down most of the march but that didn't matter - we were in the middle of a peaceful, friendly crowd, with witty placards and every demographic from very young to old. And I knew I was stood on the right side of history.

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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