Paul Tse Wai-chun edged out rival Joseph Tung Yao-chung of the Liberal Party by nine votes to clinch the tourism sector's Legislative Council seat. It was a surprise victory by the maverick lawyer. Many observers had assumed Mr Tung, the Travel Industry Council's executive director, would win the closely fought race for the seat vacated by Howard Young. There is a perception within the industry that Mr Tung was working more for the interests of consumers than those of the travel trade, which may have tipped the scales in favour of Mr Tse given that most of the voters are travel agencies. Mr Tse is best known for incurring the wrath of the Law Society after appearing almost nude on the cover of Next Magazine in 1999. The following year, accompanied by his partner, agony aunt Pamela Pak Wan-kam, he donned a hot-pink superhero costume in his bid to win a Legco seat. Four years ago, Mr Tse failed to unseat Mr Young, who won by 54 votes. Despite his relative lack of connections to the industry, Mr Tse said he was suitable to represent the travel trade since amending regulations was necessary to tackle many problems facing the tourism sector. He said reforms should be introduced to improve the performance of the Tourism Board and suggested consolidating the many organisations that oversee the industry to save resources. 'I hope Mr Tse will do something to benefit the city's tourism,' Mr Tung said. Mr Tung said he would honour an earlier pledge to step down from the council after more than 11 years regardless of the election outcome. The council's chairman, Ronnie Ho Pak-ting, expressed disappointment at Mr Tung's loss. He would not comment on Mr Tse but said the council worked for the benefit of the travel trade and 'does not dabble in politics'. Relations between Mr Tse and the council have been testy since the lawyer accused Mr Ho in June of abusing his position and authority to canvass for votes for Mr Tung. Meanwhile, Chan Kin-por, chief executive of an international insurance company, will succeed incumbent Bernard Chan as legislator representing the insurance functional constituency after he defeated Choy Chung-foo by 60 votes to 52. Liberal incumbents Vincent Fang Kang, representing the wholesale and retail sector. Jeffrey Lam Kin-fung in the commercial sector and Sophie Leung Lau Yau-fun, in the textiles and garment sector, all fended off challenges.