Liberal Party lobby to retain defeated Lau as chairwoman

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 11 September, 2012, 12:36pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 11 September, 2012, 2:01pm

Liberal Party honourary chairman James Tien Pei-chun says party members will lobby defeated Legislative Council candidate Miriam Lau Kin-yee to stay on as party chairwoman.

Lau said she had decided to resign after failing to win on Hong Kong Island in her first attempt to gain a directly elected seat.

But Tien said on Tuesday that her defeat was a loss not only to the Liberal Party, but also to the Legislative Council and Hong Kong.

“She is a very good legislator,” he said.

Tien said the party would convene an executive committee meeting and a members’ plenary meeting to discuss whether to accept Lau’s resignation.

“Our case is opposite to Albert Ho Chun-yan’s,” Tien said, in reference to the Democratic Party chairman who quit over his party’s poor showing at the polls.

“He won a seat but the Democratic Party lost overall. So he took the blame and resigned,” Tien said on RTHK.

“But Miriam Lau Kin-yee’s case is the other way round. Our number of seats will increase from three to five, which is an acceptable result. But she resigned for the loss of her own bid. We will see how to deal with it.”

Lau, who switched from the transport functional constituency to compete in the Hong Kong Island geographical constituency, lost with 17,686 votes.

Tien said Lau, the Legco House Committee chairwoman, “particularly excels in scrutinising bills”.

An important function of the House Committee is to examine bills and subsidiary legislation tabled at Legco meetings or presented to the Legco for approval.