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.”
Chinese for Labour's annual fundraising Chinese New Year Banquet event has gone from strength to strength. It is no exaggeration to declare it is looked forward to by those who attend. This year we celebrated the Year of the Horse - our Patron, Cherie Blair's year. Cherie let us know during her welcome speech that not only was she a horse herself but also a "wood" horse, which as all good Chinese . . .
Message from Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the labour Party
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.