Veteran Civic Party legislator Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee says she may stand for election again if her constituents in the legal sector allow her to focus more on the issues of rule of law. But she attacked the role of the legislature, saying efforts by lawmakers were being 'wasted in fruitless wrangles' because of the set-up of the political system. Responding yesterday to recent unease among party members that the pan-democrat stronghold could be lost if she decided to retire, Ms Ng said she would defend her seat if she had the support of her constituents. 'Having deliberated long and hard on the matter, I have come to the conclusion that subject to my constituents' acceptance of my proposal to take on a more focused role concentrating on matters on the rule of law and the legal profession, I am prepared to consider standing for election,' Ms Ng said. She has represented barristers and solicitors in Legco since 1995, except for a brief period during the provisional legislature at the handover, and is considered one of the main strategists in the pan-democratic camp. While admitting it was difficult to find a successor - whom she said should be experienced, willing to devote much time to politics and determined to defend the rule of law - Ms Ng said this was not a key factor in her willingness to consider carrying on. Ms Ng said if she did run and was re-elected she hoped to spend more time on legislative work and professional issues rather than being engaged in political struggles, because 'more and more time is being wasted in fruitless wrangles' in the legislature. She will make a decision at the end of the Legco term this summer.