The retiring Liberal Party chairman yesterday denied discord within the party over his recommended successor, James Tien Pei-chun. After meeting Provisional Urban Councillors and district board members of the party, Allen Lee Peng-fei said members gave full support to Mr Tien, who is expected to be formally elected next month. 'They fully support the new leadership. No alternative other than the list of candidates proposed has been put forward,' he said. It is understood some members had been unhappy about not being consulted before the new line-up was finalised. Mr Lee said he could not tell other members until the party core reached a consensus on its own. Describing the new line-up as a 'happy ending', he said Ronald Arculli had agreed to continue to be a party vice-chairman. Mr Tien, Mr Arculli and another candidate for a vice-chairman's post, Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee, will be nominated on Thursday next week and are expected to take over the leadership early next month. Mr Lee was adamant the party would not give up bidding for Legco seats through direct elections although he was pessimistic of grabbing one in the election in 2000. 'We will give the party time to do the district work. We will, of course, go ahead if we have a good chance. But we will still keep it up even we are unlikely to win,' he said. But last night, Ada Wong Ying-kay, who sits on the Provisional Urban Council, expressed disappointment at the party's failure to make early preparations for next year's district council polls and the Legco polls in 2000. Ms Wong, who led the party's three-member list in the Hong Kong Island geographical poll last May, said it seemed the party was run by a handful of people. She said over the past six months, she had hoped the party would review in detail its failure in each geographical constituency and to positively prepare for the future. 'This is my wish - regardless of whoever the party was planning to field as candidates for the next Legco polls.' But no such meetings had been held during the period, she said. Now they were saying the party did not have adequate time to prepare Selina Chow and Ronald Arculli to run for the next direct elections, she said. 'Of course, there is not adequate time.'