The Frontier's Emily Lau Wai-hing played down clashes with the Democrats, saying the pro-democracy camp was the biggest winner in the direct elections. Having secured 101,811 votes in New Territories East, Ms Lau said she would not oppose the proportional representation system. But she was not ready to compromise her stance of having all 60 seats directly elected. 'It should be applied to all 60 seats,' she said. The Frontier, leading the Democrats' list by more than 17,000 votes in the constituency, denied thinning out support for democratic forces. 'This is healthy competition and I think the biggest winner is the pro-democracy camp,' she said. She pledged to initiate public debate over the next few months on the possibility of universal suffrage in the Legco elections at 2000. The Frontier has emerged a convincing winner with Ms Lau and her running mate Cyd Ho Sau-lan returned. Together with Lee Cheuk-yan, Lau Chin-shek and Leung Yiu-chung, the pro-democracy front said it was prepared to co-operate with other parties on various issues. Describing defeated Liberal Party leader Allen Lee Peng-fei as a 'gracious competitor', Ms Lau hoped the Liberals would not shy away from direct elections. 'I hope that direct elections would not be something that they don't want to engage in . . . We hope this is not too much of a blow to the Liberals,' she said. Ms Ho pledged to show concern for democratic development, the rule of law, livelihood issues and the economy. She also welcomed co-operation with other parties in Legco. Asked if she agreed her success was solely attributed to Ms Lau's support, the newcomer said: 'This is the objective fact. Emily has seven years of solid experience in Legco and she has had considerable achievements. 'This is a great challenge to me and I will do my utmost to serve the community,' she said.