The Democratic Party was facing up to the possibility of a debilitating split yesterday amid reports that 10 members intend to quit and join the Frontier. Veteran Democrat legislator Fred Li Wah-ming said: 'I wouldn't be surprised if they were to quit [the party]. 'I wouldn't find it a pity if they were to go - nor would I find it a pity for them to stay.' The 10 so-called Young Turks, many of whom sit on another political group, the Social Democratic Forum, have not been involved in internal Democrat affairs for more than a year. The Young Turks include district councillors Andrew To Kwan-hang and Eric Wong Chung-ki. Legislator and Democrat central committee member Albert Ho Chun-yan said the Young Turks could be frustrated by a perceived lack of financial support from the party, while having to meet demands for party discipline. Political pressure from the mainland over membership of the Democrats may also be playing a role, he said. 'I feel that we can't neglect the fact that we absolutely need to continue to mobilise the party's solidarity. There are many areas which warrant improvements,' he said. Party chairman Martin Lee Chu-ming declined to comment. A second row has also flared over party founding member Dr Lo Chi-kin, who plans to quit his portfolios in the party and become an ordinary member. He is reportedly disappointed that the party leadership has been slow in its response to Democrat legislator Albert Chan Wai-yip's accusation that Dr Lo, a PR firm manager, asked Mr Chan for a government document for a client. The issue will be discussed at a meeting of the party's central committee tonight.