Merlene Emerson

Solicitor and co-founder of Chinese Liberal Democrats

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Merlene is the Liberal Democrat Prospective Parlliamentary Candidate for Hammersmith, London and will vie to be the first M.P. of Chinese descent when the General Elections are next called.

Prior to that she stood for her Party in the Greater London Assembly Elections in May 2008, for the Constituency of West Central (which includes Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster).

Originally from Singapore, Merlene came to London to study law at Kings College, University of London and obtained her Master of Laws degree from University of Cambridge. She then trained as a Solicitor and worked at Norton Rose, Solicitors in the City in the financial and banking department. She returned to work for a spell in Singapore and was made a Partner at a local firm heavily involved in the areas of joint ventures and project finance with clients in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.

In 1999 Merlene returned to live in UK and requalified as a mediator with CEDR (Centre for Dispute Resolution).

As a mother of three, she believes passionately that children are our future, and regularly fund-raises for the international charity, Save the Children. She is also on the management committee of other charites including CALM Mediation and is a Director of the Chinese Welfare Trust. In early 2007 she joined the Board of the social landlords, Richmond Housing Partnership Group, which manages a portfolio of over 10,000 properties in SW London.

Nearly 25 years after her first arrival in the UK, Merlene finally decided to become British and to join a political party. She chose the Liberal Democrats because she believes in its values of social justice, civil liberties and the right of the individual to live a life free from discrimination and ignorance.

For relaxation she practices Yoga and holds a British Wheel of Yoga teaching diploma.

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Updated on 04 March, 2008


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