A member of a political party is suing two former associates over claims they failed to contribute a slice of their salary to party funds. Lee Yiu-kwan, of the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood, alleges Leung Kwong-cheong, 46, and Ting Yin-wah, 47, owe $275,600 and $141,658 respectively. But the case was adjourned yesterday after a judge questioned whether Ms Lee, who has not yet sought permission from other party members to pursue the case on their behalf, was therefore legally entitled to continue. The District Court heard that Mr Leung and Mr Ting, as members of the party, were obliged to contribute seven per cent of their monthly income if elected as district board members and one-third if elected as regional councillors. Mr Leung was a district board member and regional councillor between February 1994 and March 1996. Mr Ting was elected to serve as both a board and council member between October 1995 and March 1996. They were accused of breaching their agreement with the party because they had failed to make financial contributions during their time in office. Judge Li Zong-er said: 'It may be a common phenomenon among political parties. But if a councillor cannot afford to make the contributions, and is declared bankrupt, he may then lose his seat as a council member.' He questioned whether the party practice was fair, saying: 'Should the SAR Government support this policy?' He said legal argument on the question could be better dealt with by a higher court. It was also claimed $200,000, part of the alleged debt owed by Mr Leung, had been lent by the association to enable him to run for office in the 1995 Legco election. Barrister Stephen Yam, representing the pair, said Mr Leung had been enticed by the organisation to stand in the election by the promise of the loan. Mr Leung did not win a seat. Mr Yam said he thought the practice of offering financial inducements to prospective party candidates was a breach of the Elections Ordinance, and added that Mr Leung had subsequently spent all the money on district community services.