Liberal Party chairman James Tien Pei-chun yesterday accused the pro-Beijing camp of trying to prevent his party's three candidates from being elected in Tuesday's poll to pick local NPC delegates. He said these tactics had been an embarrassment to Beijing. In dismissing his allegations, the leaders of the Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong admitted that they had not supported the Liberal candidates but denied using underhand tactics. Speaking a day after 36 local deputies were elected to the National People's Congress, Mr Tien hit out at 'co-ordinated efforts' to thwart his party's candidates. 'I am very unhappy that only two of our candidates were voted in. I believe the Beijing Liaison Office in Hong Kong, the [Hong Kong] Progressive Alliance, the Federation of Trade Unions and the DAB have co-ordinated the votes against us. On the one hand they said more people should participate in national affairs, but on the other they blockaded parties who are on good terms with the pro-Beijing camp and want to contribute to the mainland and the SAR. 'They have poured Beijing's rice away,' he said in describing the tactics as an embarrassment to the mainland government. The Liberal Party fielded three candidates - incumbent Allen Lee Peng-fei, Sophie Leung Lau Yau-fun, who heads the Women's Commission, and Howard Young, who represents the tourism industry in the legislature. Only Mr Lee and Mrs Leung were returned. Although Mr Lee's votes did not drop by much from the number he received in the first round of voting last Friday, his ranking in the candidates' list slumped from ninth to 27th. On Friday, Mrs Leung's votes ranked her 18th out of the 78 candidates, but on Tuesday she dropped to a dangerously borderline 33rd place. Mr Tien said the pro-Beijing camp had circulated a number of candidates' lists among voters, but none of these lists had recommended the electorate to vote for his party's candidates. He accused them of co-ordinating votes to oust the Liberals. Ip Kwok-him, vice-chairman of the DAB, said: 'Of course, we have our own lists of who to vote for, what's so special? Do we have to vote for the Liberal Party?' Tsang Yok-sing, leader of the DAB, admitted that he had not supported the Liberal candidates. He said his party had exchanged views with the Federation of Trade Unions and the Progressive Alliance on who to vote for, but stressed he had never told others not to support the Liberals. Ambrose Lau Hon-chuen, leader of the alliance, did not return calls last night. On Tuesday, the 36 seats were filled predominantly by pro-Beijing figures, with only nine non-incumbents being returned. A number of candidates from the business and professional sectors, originally tipped to have a high chance, were defeated.