Lau Chin-shek pulls out of leadership role Unionist legislator Lau Chin-shek has withdrawn from the leadership of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China. Mr Lau's name was not among the 21 contestants for the 20 standing committee positions elected by 60 alliance members last night. Two new faces were added to the leadership team after veteran activist Ng Kwok-hung was defeated. Richard Tsoi Yiu-cheong of the Confederation of Trade Unions and Kenneth Cheung Kam-hung, convenor of the gay group Rainbow Action, both said they would try to rekindle young people's interest in the Tiananmen Square massacre. The alliance, which calls for vindication of the June 4 massacre and an end to one-party rule, is branded subversive by Beijing and has long been regarded as a thorn in the relationship between the Democratic Party and Beijing. Mr Lau came under fire from colleagues in the pro-democracy camp earlier this year when he called for conciliation between the democracy camp and the central government. Despite calls for members of the Democratic Party to sever ties with the alliance, three lawmakers from the party - Albert Ho Chun-yan, Cheung Man-kwong and Andrew Cheng Kar-foo - were re-elected along with veteran democrat Szeto Wah . Mr Ho said he did not see any need to separate the roles of the alliance and the Democratic Party. He said both supported the alliance's goal of pushing for the vindication of the June 4 massacre. 'We have the freedom to do what we want,' he said. Alliance vice-chairman and legislator Lee Cheuk-yan said Mr Lau decided not to stand because he thought his participation in the alliance had declined in recent years. 'As somebody wanted to do it [take the position], he was willing to step down,' Mr Lee said. Mr Lau could not be reached yesterday. Mr Tsoi, 37, who was a key organiser of the 500,000-strong July 1 march last year against the national security bill, said he wanted to become more involved in the alliance's work. 'I want to do more on the education and promotional work, so that the next generation will know about it,' he said referring to the Tiananmen massacre. Mr Cheung, 29, said he wanted to help develop the youth branch of the alliance and promote its cause in schools. 'I also hope to do more promotional work at tourist spots to let mainland travellers know about June 4,' he said.