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Merlene Emerson

Proposing Race Equality motion at Conference 2019

Professional Background

Merlene has a legal background and was a Solicitor (subsequently Partner) involved in cross border finance and international joint ventures. She is a CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) accredited Mediator, was an associate member of Restorative Justice Council and pro bono mediator for CALM (Confidential and Local Mediation).

She is a liveryman of the World Traders and serves on the Education and Charities Committee, giving out grants to charities that equip young people with skills for employment and/or in business. She is currently Trustee of the Sir Heinz Koeppler Trust, Co-Chair of the England China Business Forum (London group) and was till recently Chair of Lien Viet Housing Association and Director of Islington and Shoreditch Housing Association.

Political and Campaigning Experience

Merlene joined the party 14 years ago and was a Parliamentary Candidate in 2010 in Hammersmith and a GLA candidate in 2012 and 2016 (coming in 5th and 3rd respectively on the top up List).

She co-founded Chinese Liberal Democrats in 2006 (Patrons: the late Lord Paddy Ashdown and Sir Menzies Campbell), helped to launch LDCRE (Liberal Democrats Campaign for Race Equality) last year, is Vice-Chair of FIRC (Federal International Relations Committee) and serves on the executive committee of LIBG (Liberal International British Group).

Her local party is Twickenham & Richmond Liberal Democrats, and in 2014 she accompanied Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable MP when he was Business Secretary in the Coalition Government on an official trip to China. Vince Cable MP and Merlene Emerson

Motivation

"Liberal Democrats was and remains the party that speaks for me: pro-European, internationalist and able to balance sound economics with social justice.

"I was soon to discover that there are many parties in Europe that also occupy the centre ground and like the Libdems are members of ALDE (Association of Liberals and Democrats in Europe), with a shared vision of a united Europe that upholds liberal and democratic values and is open to the world.

"Countries in the EU can achieve more together than on our own. That is why I feel passionately that we must campaign to remain in Europe."

Merlene was awarded an MBE in the Queens 90th Birthday honours for political and public service.

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