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Two of Hong Kong’s recently ousted lawmakers among top-rated performers: HKU poll

Survey conducted last week just before court ruling unseated four pan-democrats over their oaths

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 19 July, 2017, 8:02am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 July, 2017, 8:02am

Two of Hong Kong’s recently disqualified pan-democratic lawmakers have been ranked among the city’s best performers in the Legislative Council, according to a public opinion poll released on Tuesday.

Localist Lau Siu-lai and “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung of the League of Social Democrats landed in the top 10 list compiled by the University of Hong Kong public opinion programme, taking the seventh and ninth spots respectively.

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Lau scored 41.6 marks out of 100, while Leung scored 37.5. The poll involved 804 interviewees.

Last Friday, a day after the poll was completed, Lau, Leung and fellow pan-democrats Nathan Law Kwun-chung and Edward Yiu Chung-yim were stripped of their seats in Legco. The High Court ruled that they took improper, invalid oaths of office last October when they added words or actions to their swearing-in ceremonies.

Another localist, Eddie Chu Hoi-dick, came third in the poll with 52 marks. Chu also faces possible disqualification from Legco amid a legal challenge against his oath-taking last October.

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Topping the poll was Democrat James To Kun-sun, with a score of 56.2 marks. He was followed by Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, of the pro-establishment New People’s Party and also an Executive Councillor. She scored 53 marks.

In the previous HKU poll, conducted in April, To came third, Chu took second, and pro-establishment lawmaker Michael Tien Puk-sun claimed first.

Others named in the top 10 this time were three pro-establishment lawmakers: Starry Lee Wai-king, Ann Chiang Lai-wan, and Holden Chow Ho-ding. They took sixth, eighth, and tenth respectively, with scores of 46.3, 41.6, and 36.6.

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The three hail from the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong.

Rounding out the top 10 were pan-democrats Tanya Chan of Civic Party, who came fourth with 49.8 marks, and her former party colleague Claudia Mo Man-ching, now an independent, who claimed fifth with 47.1 marks.

The poll was conducted in two stages. In the first stage, conducted the first week of July, respondents were asked to name up to 10 lawmakers whom they knew the best. In the second stage, respondents were asked to rate the performances of the 12 most frequently named lawmakers.