chief executive election 2017

Husband of favourite in Hong Kong leadership race denies keeping a mistress in Britain

Ex-chief secretary has ‘200 per cent’ confidence in partner of over 30 years

PUBLISHED : Friday, 03 March, 2017, 8:43pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 04 March, 2017, 12:35am

The husband of the front runner in Hong Kong’s leadership race dismissed rumours that he had kept a mistress in Britain.

Lam Siu-por made the denial as his wife, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, said she had “200 per cent” confidence in the man who had been her husband for more than 30 years.

Lam, the former chief secretary, said she had to make a “preemptive” move to clear the rumours as she knew there were “black materials” being built up against her.

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The chief executive race in 2012 was characterised by a similar love affair scandal, with Henry Tang Ying-yen admitting marital infidelity before he lost to Leung Chun-ying.

Asked if he had had an affair, Lam Siu-por told Citizen News portal on Friday: “I can tell you all that I have no such problems. I have a very close relationship with Mrs Lam.”

He continued: “I have never done anything wrong when it comes to our relationship.”

Separately he told Apple Daily that he believed such rumours arose from his time spent in Britain taking care of their sons while Lam was working in Hong Kong.

Asked about his wife possibly becoming Hong Kong’s top leader, Lam said he was already used to labels as “the man behind a top woman official”.

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Carrie Lam told Chinese media that her campaign office released a love letter penned by her husband on Valentine’s Day because “someone told us that some people were planning some blackening material, alleging that my husband had a mistress”.

Lam secured 580 nominations from the 1,194-member Election Committee that will pick Hong Kong’s next leader on March 26, well ahead of her rivals, former financial secretary John Tsang Chun-wah (165) and retired judge Woo Kwok-hing (180).