The Legislative Council is close to reaching a consensus on the removal of Chim Pui-chung as soon as possible. The Legco House Committee has called an urgent meeting for tomorrow to discuss Chim's case. The Liberal Party, the Democrats, The Frontier and Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB) agree Chim should be removed even though he is seeking to appeal against his three-year jail term. But the Liberals and DAB added that the vote should be arranged at a time convenient to the majority, following concerns some members had gone or were about to go on holiday. 'We are talking about removing a colleague. It will be better if more members are involved,' DAB vice-chairman Gary Cheng Kai-nam said. But House Committee chairman, independent Dr Leong Che-hung said the quorum of 30 members should be 'acceptable'. Legal advice will be sought on how to implement the Basic Law requirement of a motion which needs two-thirds support. The Judiciary will be asked to provide details of the transcript and judgment to help draft the motion, Dr Leong said. Dr Leong saw no urgency to move the motion, but believed members might consider cutting short overseas holiday for the crucial vote. He dismissed claims the vote should be held pending Chim's appeal. 'Now that the sentence is three years, I think colleagues would make no bones about taking action as soon as possible,' he said. Liberal Party legislator James Tien Pei-chun said: 'Even if Chim appeals, he remains a criminal until his conviction is overturned. Although Mr Chim has always stood on the side of the business sector, he cannot be above the law,' he said. The Frontier legislator Cyd Ho Sau-lan said Chim should be relieved of his duties as soon as possible. 'It's a matter of integrity,' she said. Ms Ho and Dr Leong said the date of removal should be effective from the date of the motion passed rather than the date of conviction.