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The Chinese Lib Dems share their leader's vision for a Fresh Start for Britain with fairer taxes, investment in young people and the rebuilding of a more balanced economy.

September 25, 2009 12:00 PM

Nick Clegg final speech sep 09Chinese Liberal Democrats participated in their Party's Federal Conference in Bournemouth this year and celebrated with a bang. On Monday 21st September, they held their 3rd birthday dinner at the Ocean Palace Restaurant with special guests Lord Paddy Ashdown and Michael Moore MP (Shadow International Development Secretary).

Chinese Embassy fringe 09On 23rd September, there were 2 fringe meetings where Chinese Lib Dems were present. First the Chinese Embassy fringe event 'A Changing China in a Changing World' where Madame Fu Ying, the Chinese Ambassador to Great Britain received an enthusiastic welcome from the Liberal Democrats who packed into the reception at the Bournemouth International Centre.

Sharing the panel were Lords Tom McNally and Tim Clement-Jones, foreign affairs spokesman Ed Davey MP and Professor Hugo de Burgh, Director of the Chinese Media Centre at the University of Westminster. Madame Fu Ying was able to answer questions including organ-harvesting, compensation for home demolitions, excessive use of the death penalty and even the Tiananmen Square massacre with surprising directness.

Chinese Liberal Democrats present included Vice Chair, Neville Farmer, Dr Dennis Wong, Philip Ling and Cllr Allan Siao Ming Witherick, who asked Madame Fu Ying about exchange schemes and later met with Chinese government officials to take this forward.

At another fringe meeting, Chinese Liberal Democrats hosted a panel discussion 'Children on the Edge' dealing with problems facing vulnerable migrant children of irregular status living in the UK. This was chaired by Merlene Toh Emerson, PPC for Hammersmith with speakers including Amanda Shah from 'Bail for Immigration Detainees', Olvia Fellas, Director of 'No Recourse to Public Funds' and Chris Huhne MP. This complex area touching on immigration, children and adult social services was made clearer by the illustrious panel. Their recommendations include stopping detention for immigrant children on grounds of human rights as well as costs, and allowing asylum seekers to work rather than be destitute. Britain should also work more closely with her European partners to stop international trafficking and to ensure each member nation takes on her fair share of international refugees.