Chinese for Labour and Hastings & Rye Labour Party will be hosting a fundraising dinner for our Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Sarah Owen to be Labour’s first Chinese MP.
Guest Speaker – The Rt Hon Sadiq Khan MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Shadow Minister for London
Chinese for Labour‘s Chair Sonny Leong was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) and Women’s Officer, Lady Katy Blair was recognised for her services to the community with an Member of the British Empire (MBE) n this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Lady Blair, "I am deeply honoured to be awarded the MBE for my community work over the past 28 years. This Award is for everyone who I work for and work with. They have given me the opportunity “to give, to serve”. Together, we have faced many challenges and we believe that we have made an impact in improving the quality of people’s lives. This has been possible because of our shared belief in the importance of community values.”
Twice a year - once in celebration of New Year’s in December and once on the occasion of the Queen’s official birthday in June - the British Government announces its lists of people who have received Honours. This year, I was fortunate and grateful to have been one of the thousand or so people who received the letter that announced we had been recognised. I am now proud to be a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (a CBE), awarded for political service, which has mostly been focused on building strong ties between China, Chinese communities and the Labour Party.
Immigration is good. There, I've said it. Now I wait to be struck down by a thunder bolt.
A country that attracts immigrants is a healthy country. It boasts a growing economy, a stable society, and offers a safe environment for children to grow up in. Its people live under the rule of law, with freedom of speech and of religion. It's a country of which I'm immeasurably proud to be a citizen.
In recent days, I’ve been thinking greatly about Nelson Mandela, who was undoubtedly the leading global symbol of the fight against racism in my lifetime. Mandela once said “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”