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Merlene Emerson for the London Assembly

Standing up for all of London's Communities

Merlene by London Bridge

"Dear Friends

You have a choice this summer to select your Liberal Democrat representatives on the London Assembly.

As we seek to recover from the General Elections and work to rebuild our Party under Tim Farron our new Leader, I offer you my vision, energy and pledge to ensure the Liberal Democrats stay relevant, significant and influential.

My vision for London is one where we can live, work, move and play:

with adequate supply of new housing that is socially sustainable; more jobs and apprenticeships for our young people; efficient and green public transport that is also affordable; and an environment that allows our vibrant and diverse communities to thrive.

I will use the London Assembly as a base for empowering Londoners and as an engine of growth for the rest of the country. Together we can forge a Stronger Society and a Fairer Economy so that everyone can not only get on in life, but to fulfil their ambitions and potential.

Merlene Emerson Signature

Thank you to all London Liberal Democrat members for voting in the internal selections. I am pleased to confirm that I have been successfully selected and placed as Number 3 on the London wide List. Let us work to raise the Liberal Democrat vote next May so that I can serve you from City Hall!

  • Nee Hao Magazine
    Article: May 3, 2016
    By Merlene Emerson in Nee Hao Magazine

    As a Liberal Democrat candidate for the London Assembly, I am keen to ensure London stays a centre for the arts and creative industries. Our theatres, museums, galleries and sporting venues play a vital role in life in the capital and help make London a vibrant and attractive place to live, work and play.

  • Poster GLA 2016 Chinese
    Article: Apr 15, 2016

    There has been a great deal of interest shown by the Chinese press in this year's London Mayoral and Assembly Elections.

    Third time GLA candidate (and the only Chinese/SE Asian candidate across all parties), Merlene Toh Emerson has been followed by the Chinese media on her campaign trail.

    On-line NeeHao magazine has highlighted to their readers reasons to support Merlene by voting for "Caroline Pidgeon's London Liberal Democrats" on the orange ballot paper including a bilingual poster to make it easy to understand.

  • Article: Apr 4, 2016

    Introducing Merlene Emerson

    - The Liberal Democrat Number 3

    I am delighted to have the opportunity to share with your readers why they should vote for "Caroline Pidgeon's London Liberal Democrats" on the orange ballot paper.

    Our Mayoral Candidate is Caroline Pidgeon an experienced Assembly Member who has served Londoners well over the last 8 years. She is Deputy Chair of the Transport Committee and Police and Crime Committee in City Hall and has commissioned her own reports on subjects as varied as tackling Knife Crime and on London's Missing Children.

    Caroline is also No.1 on the Liberal Democrat London-wide list. At No.2 is Emily Davey, a housing solicitor and expert, and I am at No. 3, a City solicitor turned Community Mediator, RJ Practitioner and Housing Association Chair.

    If elected, I will be able to bring to the Assembly not only my legal and mediation skills, but also first hand knowledge and experience of the social housing sector to solve London's housing crisis. The Liberal Democrats have an "Olympic" plan to build 200,000 new homes including 50,000 on social rent over the next 4 years.

    My track record over the last 12 years speaks for my commitment to public service. I have worked with the Electoral Commission and organisations such as Operation Black Vote and BC Project to reach out to hard to reach segments of society to encourage their political participation.

    I have also over the years campaigned on issues of concern to Londoners, from workers in the catering industry, to stopping the proliferation of gambling outlets in deprived areas, to better elderly housing, care and support for our ageing society.

    Born in Singapore, I came to London when I was 18 as a law student. If elected, I will be the first British Chinese/SE Asian Assembly candidate across all parties. I will be able to give a voice to the under represented and empower all those who feel they are invisible.

    My background and international perspective will also work for the benefit of City Hall as I want to ensure London stays competitive, continue to attract inward investment in growth industries (not just fuelling the housing market) and create more jobs for our young people.

    Finally regardless of your political affiliation, I am sure you will agree that we need a multi-party and diverse Assembly to hold the Mayor to account and to deliver for all Londoners.

    Merlene Toh Emerson

    eMail: campaign@merlene.org.uk Twitter: @merleneemerson

    Facebook: Merlene for GLA Website: http://londonlibdems.org.uk
    Article: Apr 3, 2016

    Merlene Emerson was invited to Sutton Voice TV and was interviewed by David Blackmore on the London Assembly elections in May, on Liberal Democrat prospects and the relevance of the EU Referendum.

    You can watch the interview here:


  • GLA Hustings in Richmond 17.3.16
    Article: Mar 18, 2016

    On evening of 17 March, 2016, the National Union of Teachers hosted a "Question Time" on the theme of Education at the Richmond Adult Community College. The panel was largely made up of candidates for the London Assembly from different parties though a notable absence was the Conservative candidate.

  • Book Cover
    Article: Oct 5, 2015
    By Merlene Emerson in Libdem Voice on 5 October 2015

    Wider in scope and more ambitious in its reach, "After the Storm" is the acclaimed sequel to "The Storm" published after the financial crisis of 2008. Having spent the last 5 years as Business Secretary within the Coalition Government (2010-2015), Vince Cable has the added clout of first-hand experience introducing economic policies that have steered us out of the storm, not least an industrial strategy.

  • Thomas Liebers LibdemPint Richmond 24.8.15
    Article: Aug 26, 2015
    By Merlene Emerson

    Earlier this week, as Chair of Twickenham and Richmond Liberal Democrats, I co-hosted the first "LibDem Pint" in Richmond. This was organised by one of our new members, Thomas Liebers, following in the foot steps of other similar social events in London and across the country.

    We are a borough party, currently with 16 Councillors out of 54, but used to run the local Council. Vince Cable was MP of Twickenham for 18 years till May this year, and on the Richmond Park side (which also takes in some wards in North Kingston), Baronesses Susan Kramer and Jenny Tonge were erstwhile MPs. The injection of fresh energy and new ideas from new members was just what we needed to stage a LibDem fightback!

    I was able to let new members know of the rights and privileges of becoming a member: meeting with people of like minds and values, campaigning on issues of mutual concern, making policy and shaping our society for the better!

    There were also a wide array of special interest groups within the LibDem family to join eg Green LibDems, Liberal International British Group, Ethnic Minority Libdems and LD Seekers of Sanctuary, to name a few. I have to confess I have joined all of the ones mentioned and also co-founded the Chinese Liberal Democrats in 2006, to help bridge the gap between the party and minority communities.

    Another area that I was keen to share about was our hub office at 65A Sheen Lane. We chose the premises for its situation close to Mortlake station, with high footfall along a high street and let out the frontage from time to time as a pop up gallery for extra revenue. Do check it out here: http://studio65A.com (we are open to bookings!)

  • Young Chinese Migrants HoL
    Article: Jul 9, 2015
    In LibDem Voice on 16 June 2015

    When is a Migrant an Expatriate?
    When he or she is a Brit abroad, obviously.

    Inspired by the twin concepts of emigration and immigration, Prof Caroline Knowles posed this question at the launch of her research and report last week, supported by the Runnymede Trust and Goldsmiths College and hosted by Baroness Hussein-Ece at the House of Lords.

  • Geraldine Locke and Merlene Emerson
    Article: Jul 3, 2015

    As Chair of Twickenham and Richmond Liberal Democrats, I knew that this was a byelection that had to be taken very seriously. Less than 2 months before, on the night of the Count, we watched in horror as Vince Cable, after 18 brilliant years as the Twickenham MP, lost his seat to Tania Mathias.

    Her Council seat was now vacant but it was in one of the strongest Tory wards, Hampton Wick where we had come 3rd the year before.

    Fortunately, we had a secret weapon in Geraldine Locke, a new member who only became engaged in Liberal Democrat politics after the elections. It was the loss of Vince Cable that had galvanised her into joining the Party, she said.

    A consultant working with Middlesex University to deliver specialised Masters programmes, Geraldine had lived in the area for over 20 years. As a long term school governor of the local primary school she had a deep understanding of the educational needs of the area.

  • Vince Cable and Merlene Emerson in China
    Article: Jun 17, 2014
    By Merlene Emerson in LibDem Voice on 17 June 2014

    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang left on Monday this week on a 5 day visit to Britain and Greece. With him, according to the press, is a 200 strong business delegation, expected to sign up some £18 billion worth of deals.

    Just over 2 weeks ago, I was part of the Biz Sec, Dr Vince Cable's business delegation to China, taking in 5 cities in 6 days. Vince was scheduled to be in Beijing to attend UK-China Joint Economic & Trade Committee (JETC) talks with his opposite number, Mr Gao HuCheng, the Minister of Commerce. He took advantage of this official visit to bring with him a delegation of 80 companies and with support from the local staff of UKTI and CBBC (China Britain Business Council). We were organised into 3 groups: Construction, Water and Environment and Smart Cities(IT), each taking in a slightly different itinerary but overlapping with the Biz Sec in Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Chongqing.