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Democrats groom hopefuls ahead of 2016 Legco poll

Lo Kin-hei

The Democrats are already gearing up for the 2016 Legislative Council election, sending potential candidates for training courses and giving out monthly cash subsidies to equip them for their climb up the political ladder.

Thursday, 12 September, 2013, 5:23am

Disgraced Weiner to run for New York City mayor

 Anthony Weiner appears with his wife Huma Abedin in a YouTube video announcing his entrance into the New York mayoral race. Photo: AFP

Former US congressman Anthony Weiner, whose career imploded in a rash of raunchy tweets two years ago, has said in a YouTube video announcement that he is running for mayor of New York. He had said last month he was considering entering the race.

23 May 2013 - 5:21am

Splits emerge within ranks of Anwar's party in Malaysia

People's Justice Party deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali

Less than a week after Malaysia's opposition led by the charismatic Anwar Ibrahim posted its best election performance yet, dissent has broken out within his People's Justice Party (PKR), worrying his coalition partners.

11 May 2013 - 1:35am 2 comments

History has left Martin Lee behind

Founding chairman of Democratic Party Martin Lee Chu-ming. Photo: Paul Yeung

I still remember midnight June 30, 1997. I was one of dozens of journalists waiting outside the old Legislative Council building when Martin Lee Chu-ming, the late Szeto Wah and their Democratic Party comrades raised their fists and vowed "We shall return". I had tears in my eyes then.

3 May 2013 - 3:52am 41 comments

Intrigue over Martin Lee's 'rash' plan for election reform

Martin Lee at a press conference at which he withdrew his proposal for election reform. Photo: Paul Yeung

Blunder or cunning ploy from a wily political veteran? Two theories emerged yesterday to explain Martin Lee Chu-ming's proposal for electoral reform. A day after Lee retracted his "rash" idea, former Democrat Andrew Cheng Kar-foo raised the possibility that he had deliberately spoken out to help the pan-democrats, testing the water and issuing a warning to Beijing with his proposal.

13 Apr 2013 - 4:11am 3 comments

Martin Lee pulls controversial plan for Hong Kong chief executive poll reform

Martin Lee explains his decision to withdraw his controversial proposal for the chief executive election in 2017. Photo: Paul Yeung

Martin Lee Chu-ming yesterday retracted a proposal for electoral change he put forward a day earlier and apologised to his critics in the pan-democratic camp, saying he had "let them down".

12 Apr 2013 - 8:27am 5 comments

'Occupy Central' blockade plan gets Democratic Party's support

Dr Benny Tai Yiu-ting. Photo: SCMP

A law professor's plan to get people to occupy the streets in Central to pressure Beijing into keeping its promise of universal suffrage for Hong Kong is "worth supporting", the Democratic Party says. The party is the first political group in the pro-democracy camp to formally study Dr Benny Tai Yiu-ting's plan, after about 20 members, including chairwoman Emily Lau Wai-hing and lawmaker Albert Ho Chun-yan, met him last night.

19 Feb 2013 - 4:14am

Pan-democrats' focus on democracy has let down Hongkongers

Democratic Party leader Emily Lau Wai-hing used her allotted time during a Legislative Council session with Leung Chun-ying to scold him about democracy rather than challenge him on livelihood problems. Photo: Dickson Lee

I have now reached a point where I care far less about Hong Kong achieving universal suffrage than having to pay nearly half my income in rent. How can it possibly excite me to be able to vote for the chief executive in 2017 when, by that time, my rent could be gobbling up most of my income?

28 Jan 2013 - 3:04am 13 comments

Emily Lau: Democrats open to dialogue with Beijing on reform

Emily Lau Wai-hing. Photo: Jonathan Wong

The Democratic Party is open to dialogue with Beijing over the political reform ahead, chairwoman Emily Lau Wai-hing said, despite the backlash it received for supporting the 2010 government package after closed-door talks with Beijing's representatives.

7 Jan 2013 - 5:44am

Letters to the Editor, January 6, 2013

Body scanners have proved controversial. Photo: AP

Party is stuck in universal suffrage rut

I refer to the report ("Democrats make Emily Lau leader", December 17).

Emily Lau Wai-hing correctly identifies that her Democratic Party needs to rejuvenate. However the problem runs much deeper than just image and its ability to refocus on the younger generation and women.

6 Jan 2013 - 2:51am 1 comment

Hong Kong's political parties need to engage the people

Lawmaker Emily Lau Wai-hing. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Two key political parties elected new leaders this month. The Democratic Party will be led by veteran Emily Lau Wai-hing, who narrowly defeated moderate Sin Chung-kai after her last-minute decision to come forward. The pro-business Liberal Party will be chaired by Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee following an uncontested race.

27 Dec 2012 - 3:09am 3 comments

Letters to the Editor, December 24, 2012

Bank's bosses must own up to serious errors. Photo: EPA

Children's commission long overdue

The festive season is said to be one of peace and goodwill to all mankind; it is a special time for children - or should be.

The most important asset of this place we call home is its people, and the future of Hong Kong is its little people, our children.

24 Dec 2012 - 3:58am 1 comment

Democrats should put its political reform road map on the table

Lawmaker Emily Lau Wai-hing. Photo: David Wong

No one should envy Emily Lau Wai-hing for the burden she has taken on by becoming chairwoman of the Democratic Party. But amid the difficulties, there lurks an opportunity for her to strike a bold blow for the advancement of democracy in our city.

7 Jun 2013 - 11:48am

The ball is in Beijing's court

Former Democratic Party chairman Albert Ho Chun-yan stepped down in September to take responsibility for the party's unsatisfactory results in the Legislative Council elections. Photo: Sam Tsang

Last Monday, the two newly elected vice-chairmen of the Democratic Party and I were invited to appear on Allen Lee's talk show on Now TV. Lee noted that, besides me, three political parties had chairwomen - Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee of the Liberal Party, Audrey Eu Yuet-mee of the Civic Party and Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee of the New People's Party.

23 Dec 2012 - 4:40pm 2 comments

Late Nina Wang gave millions to Democrats, records show

Nina Wang

Nina Wang Kung Yu-sum's Chinachem Charitable Foundation gave millions to the Democratic Party in 1997 and 1999, according to records its lawyer referred to in court yesterday.

20 Dec 2012 - 4:11am

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