The constitutional affairs chief started a fresh round of consultation with the district councils over reform yesterday, but was attacked by democrats for ignoring demands for universal suffrage. Greeting Stephen Lam Sui-lung before a meeting of Tuen Mun District Council, where members discussed the fourth report of the government's constitutional reform taskforce, pro-democracy councillors said ruling out the popular demand for full democracy by 2007 would block the forming of a consensus on the way forward politically. In the meeting, Mr Lam was accused of making a show of consultation despite ignoring the mainstream democratic aspirations. Democratic Party councillor Josephine Chan Shu-ying said Mr Lam aimed to use his visits to the 18 district bodies to butter up pro-government parties and get their support for the government's constitutional reform programme. But the minister hit back at criticism his visit was part of a fake consultation exercise. After democrats had accused him of dishing out slices of political cake to district councils, he jokingly replied that they should buy traditional Chinese wedding pastries from neighbouring Yuen Long. The democrats said the lack of a clear timetable for introducing universal suffrage, after Beijing ruled it out in April, would also block the next step in political reform. They demanded a referendum be held to determine the public's view on such a timetable. Mr Lam said the government had already collected a large number of views during the consultation process and aimed to draw up a consensus position by the middle of the year. Pro-government councillors from the Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong said introducing universal suffrage would lead to a radical, populist politician, such as 'Long Hair' Leung Kwok-hung, becoming the next chief executive.