NT WEST Unionists Leung Yiu-chung and Lee Cheuk-yan fought back tears as they hugged to celebrate their twin success. Mr Lee, The Frontier's candidate, and his former running-mate Mr Leung secured the fourth and fifth seats by securing 46,696 and 38,627 votes respectively. Their victory, added to that of Lee Wing-tat and Albert Ho Chun-yan for the Democratic Party, who won a total 147,098 votes, saw four of the five seats in the most populous constituency taken by democrats. Mr Leung, who split with Mr Lee and ran under the flag of the Neighbourhood & Workers' Service Centre after Mr Lee decided to contest the constituency, admitted he had had a tough time. He had lacked resources and manpower when he joined the fight but worked hard. 'Many said [Lee Cheuk-yan] was my rival. But I hope we can continue to fight together for Hong Kong's democracy and labour issues,' Mr Leung said. Mr Lee believed there was a chance for both Mr Leung and himself to win and described the result as a happy outcome. 'I don't think my co-operation with Leung or the Democratic Party will be affected. Of course, during the campaigning period, we were competing. But after the election, if we all have the same objectives, we can continue to co-operate,' Mr Lee said. Mr Ho said of the Democratic Party's failed attempt to win three seats that some of their supporters might have switched allegiance to other contenders from the democratic camp. Tam Yiu-chung, leading the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong's ticket, won the second-highest number of votes with 72,587. Mr Tam, the only pro-Beijing winner in the constituency and a loser in the 1995 poll to Democrat Fred Li Wah-ming in Kowloon Southeast, said the past defeat would make him treasure the seat all the more this time. The New Territories Alliance, whose emergence had once posed a threat to the DAB's chances, only won 25,905 votes after flooding hit villages on polling day. Heung Yee Kuk chairman Lau Wong-fat said last night they were a bit surprised by the results but said that their defeat should not affect the kuk's status among rural forces. 'One of the major factors this time was the rain. One village only had about 20 people coming to vote.'