The Liberal Party celebrated its 10th anniversary last night with a gala attended by Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa and senior officials. Against the backdrop of national and Hong Kong flags at the Convention and Exhibition Centre, the night began with the national anthem and toasts. Liberals chairman James Tien Pei-chun told the gathering that the party was developing, but still had its shortcomings. 'We understand that if we want to become a leading party with broad representation, there is still room for improvement,' he said. 'The party will recruit more middle-class members.' Allen Lee Peng-fei, the party's founding chairman, said a party that shied away from direct elections would have no future, adding that the aspirations of the people of Hong Kong could not be curbed. 'If we cannot elect our chief executive by universal suffrage, Beijing will face an unpredictable political impact,' he said.