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Introducing your Three Chinese LibDem Candidates for May 2018 local elections

April 5, 2018 10:06 PM

We have three Chinese Liberal Democrat candidates standing in this May's local elections and here's a little more about them.

Chinese LibDem Candidates for May local elections (L-R) Linda Chung, Merlene Emerson, Sarah Cheung Johnson

CLD Candidates for May 2018 L-R: Linda, Merlene & Sarah

Merlene Emerson

Merlene needs no introduction as our Chinese Liberal Democrat co-chair and Chair of the new Liberal Democrat Race Equality Policy Working Group. Here is Merlene's own introduction for the local elections where she is standing in Barnes, London.

I have lived in Barnes for nearly 20 years. I have always been active locally as:

● Trustee of the Barnes Community Association since being elected in April 2017
● Trustee of Barnes Relief in Need Charity from 2013- 2015. A charity which gives out grants to people in need
● A Director of Registered Social Landlords, RHP Richmond Housing Partnership) from 2007-2012
● Secretary of Save the Children, Barnes branch for 12 years. Still active as a volunteer

As a former solicitor, I will bring to the council my legal skills and experience. I'm a Dementia Champion trained by the Alzheimers' Society. I am also a qualified mediator. I'm passionate to fight for local residents and to ensure our children grow up in a society that is kinder, fairer and more tolerant.

Linda Chung

Linda is also a member of the Chinese LibDems Executive and she is standing in Hampstead, Camden, here is her Bio:

Linda is a long term Hampstead resident. She worked in several business sectors, later in international executive search. She strongly believes in public service, and worked with the NHS, and employment tribunals, and sits on many charitable trusts. She was a Camden councillor 2008-2014. She wants to keep Hampstead special and feels privileged to be among its unique mix of people all totally committed to keeping it that way.

Linda said:

"The Chinese community has little political representation at the moment. Politics shapes all aspects of our lives - it's important that we have voices from our community that expresses its needs and aspirations. My work in the community already does that to a certain extent but there is no doubt that having a political mandate will enable a stronger voice."

Sarah Cheung Johnson

Sarah is the Secretary for Chinese LibDems and is standing in Longstanton, South Cambridgeshire - here is her Bio.

Sarah moved to Longstanton nearly 4 years ago after a long career in Investment Banking in the City. She is a Parish Councillor and a Governor at the local school and stood last year in the County elections, transforming a Tory stronghold where UKIP came second to a Con/Lib marginal, losing by a mere 146 votes to her opponent. As the mum of 2 pre-schoolers and daughter of 2 elderly parents also in the village she passionately believes in standing up for the most vulnerable in our society.

Sarah said:

"Cambridgeshire has never had a Chinese councillor and I'm proud to be standing to try change that. In this year the Tory council have cut Children's Centres, proposed charging people to use the Internet in libraries but found money to raise their own allowances by 30%. I would not have voted for any of these and want to stand up for the most vulnerable in our society."

Should you like to help any of them in their campaigns, please email info@chineselibdems.org.uk for dates and times of their action days.