The Liberal Party is co-ordinating with the DAB over District Council sub-sectors in December's Election Committee poll, the party's chairman revealed yesterday. James Tien Pei-chun said the party planned to put forward 110 to 120 candidates to defend its 96 seats on the Election Committee. It is expected that among those, between 40 and 50 would be Liberals, while the remainder would be Liberal-friendly candidates. Mr Tien said there were some new faces among the candidates because some of the older members had already retired or left Hong Kong. The party had nearly finished compiling all the lists, with each list having 11 to 12 candidates, he said, adding that they would be released soon. The party named Tommy Cheung Yu-yan as its candidate for the catering sub-sector on Monday. Earlier, Mr Tien had said the party would not co-ordinate a campaign strategy with the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong. But yesterday he said that there were some sub-sectors that were DAB strongholds, such as the import and export and agriculture and fisheries sub-sectors, which the party had no plans to contest. 'We don't have any candidate standing for the grass-roots [sub-sectors],' he added. Most of the Liberals' 96 seats are either business-related or in professional sectors. Yet he revealed his party was co-ordinating with the DAB in the District Council sub-sectors. 'We hope to put forward two to three candidates in the New Territories [District Councils sub-sector] and Hong Kong and Kowloon respectively,' he said. There are a total of 42 seats in the two sub-sectors for the Election Committee poll. Meanwhile, Mr Tien yesterday denied the party had any intention of 'swallowing' or merging with The Alliance. His denial came a day after a couple of Chinese newspapers published his article, in which he criticised legislator Albert Cheng King-hon for 'blackmouthing him' and suggesting the Liberal Party planned to 'swallow' The Alliance. 'We have never talked about swallowing The Alliance,' he said. The Alliance has been the target of suspicion after DAB member Chan Kam-lam suffered a surprise defeat to Emily Lau Wai-hing, of The Frontier, in last week's Finance Committee chairmanship contest.