Wong Yuk-man

League eyes move to full-fledged party

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 November, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 November, 2008, 12:00am


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The League of Social Democrats aims to transform itself within the next couple of years with a gradual tightening of party rules and organisation, its leaders said yesterday.

The first step towards becoming a social democratic party will be to establish a regular weekly caucus meeting for its three legislators and core party members.

Speaking after the first caucus meeting yesterday, league chairman Wong Yuk-man said his group would 'fight on two fronts' - inside and outside the legislature - for social justice.

'Our team in Legco will become visible fighters inside the establishment while our brothers fight on the outside,' he said.

Vice-chairman Andrew To Kwan-hang said progress was being made to improve the league's political platform into one that was suitable for a comprehensive political party.

The second task would be to step up its party district network in order to mobilise more supporters.

More than 130 league members, most of them young people, took part in a training camp at the weekend during which party leaders discussed the ideology of social democracy.

Mr To said that since the party's performance in the September Legislative Council election - when its seats in the legislature increased from two to three with a large increase in voter support - more than 300 people had applied to join the group.

'We have long advocated 'happy politics' as our ideology and we have long welcomed any infiltration from political enemies to join our ranks,' he said. 'But when we become a full-fledged party, we have to make adjustments.'

With a regular weekly meeting, the league hopes to strengthen its party lines on major votes and debates in the legislature.