Emily Lau Wai-Hing

Elsie Leung suggests threshold for Hong Kong's top job

Ex-justice chief Elsie Leung Oi-sie

Support from an eighth of nominating committee members could be a possible threshold for aspirants to enter the chief executive election under universal suffrage, Elsie Leung Oi-sie says.

Wednesday, 1 May, 2013, 5:47am 12 comments

United Nations grills Hong Kong over right to vote

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

The United Nations Human Rights Committee has raised concerns over Hong Kong's prospects for universal suffrage and over its requests to the mainland to clarify the Basic Law on issues affecting right of abode, a pan-democrat said yesterday.

16 Mar 2013 - 5:17am 12 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

Four women blaze trail in Hong Kong politics

Selina Chow

Family duties and the roles traditional culture assigns women doesn't make it easy for them to take on the challenge of helping run Hong Kong.

7 Feb 2013 - 10:19am 1 comment

Charges dropped against 16 guests on the pirate station Citizens' Radio

Activists gather outside Eastern Court yesterday. Photo: May Tse

The government has dropped charges against guest speakers on a pirate radio station, despite pursuing a prosecution for more than five years.

11 Jun 2015 - 3:50pm

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

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

City Digest, December 24, 2012

Newly elected Democratic Party chairwoman Emily Lau Wai-hing said yesterday the party was open to talking to the central government's liaison office about details for the chief executive election due in 2017 as long as the office showed "sincerity". Lau said agreeing on a plan detailing new arrangements for the election would build trust between the two sides.

24 Dec 2012 - 5:12am

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

Polling handshakes, a vote of confidence

Lawmaker Emily Lau

When every vote counts, those scrambling for the 36 Hong Kong deputy seats on the National People's Congress might be forgiven for apparently lobbying for votes at the critical moment - despite a ban on vote canvassing on polling day. Dozens of contestants and their supporters crowded the main entry of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre with placards bearing candidates' names.

20 Dec 2012 - 4:01am

Emily Lau Wai-hing becomes Democratic Party's first chairwoman

Lau with Richard Tsoi Yiu-cheong (left) and Lo Kin-hei. Photo: Sam Tsang

Veteran politician Emily Lau Wai-hing has become the Democratic Party's first chairwoman after defeating vice-chairman Sin Chung-kai by a narrow margin in an election yesterday.

Lau, acting chairwoman and a lawmaker for New Territories East, won 149 votes, deputy chairman Sin Chung-kai got 133 and Southern district councillor Au Nok-hin received 14.

17 Dec 2012 - 4:15am

Emily Lau Wai-hing elected Democratic Party chairwoman

Sin Chung-kai and Emily Lau Wai-hing attend the Democratic Party chairmanship election at Caritas Community Centre in Prince Edward on Sunday. Photo: Dickson Lee

Veteran politician Emily Lau Wai-hing became the first chairwoman of the Democratic Party after defeating vice-chairman Sin Chung-kai by a narrow margin.

16 Dec 2012 - 8:13pm 1 comment

Emily Lau turns Democratic Party chairman election into three-way race

Democratic Party members at Tamar Park. Photo: David Wong

The election for the Democratic Party chairmanship has turned into a three-way race with one of its youngest members joining in and acting chairwoman Emily Lau Wai-hing a last-minute candidate after repeatedly saying she would not run.

Lau and Southern District Councillor Au Nok-hin, 25, are vying with deputy chairman Sin Chung-kai after nominations were announced yesterday.

12 Dec 2012 - 3:28am

Pan-democrats win appeal in Citizens' Radio case

Citizens' Radio activists Bull Tsang Kin-shing, Lo Chau and Albert Chan Wai-yip rally in support of lawmakers' appeal case outside the Court of Final Appeal last month. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Five prominent pan-democrat lawmakers won an appeal, on Tuesday morning, against their conviction for speaking on an unlicensed radio station in 2008.

Four of the five judges on the Court of Final Appeal panel ruled in favour of the appellants – lawmakers Wong Yuk-man, Emily Lau Wai-hing, Lee Cheuk-yan and Albert Chan Wai-yip, and former lawmaker Lee Wing-tat.

11 Jun 2015 - 3:50pm


Pan-democrats put back meeting with Leung

22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am