A Liberal Party lawmaker confirmed an effort was being made to restore former chairman James Tien Pei-chun and former vice-chairwoman Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee to their positions. Catering sector lawmaker Tommy Cheung Yu-yan, who returns to the Legislative Council uncontested, praised both for their contributions to the party and the public. He said he had signed a petition to return the pair to their posts and confirmed that there were no rules to say party leaders had to hold seats. Mr Tien and Mrs Chow, who ran in the two constituencies in the New Territories, were the most high-profile victims of the crushing defeat the party suffered on September 7. Liberal Party candidates were fielded in four of the five geographical constituencies, with none elected. The party also suffered an embarrassing defeat for Joseph Tung Yao-chung in the tourism sector, and Heung Yee Kuk chairman Lau Wong-fat has resigned from the party over his support for a Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong ticket in the same constituency as Mrs Chow. The Liberals have only six members in Legco. Mrs Chow and Mr Tien stepped down from their party posts following the election. Nevertheless, Mr Cheung said that apart from Mr Tien, 'there is no other ideal candidate' for chairman. He praised Mrs Chow and Mr Tien for their 'unmatched political charisma' and having excelled in politics. 'I very much share and understand the party members' affection for them both,' he said. He said procedures for the election of a new chairman and vice-chairman were under way. Meanwhile, during a City Forum organised by RTHK, Mr Cheung said the party was still assessing the reasons for its defeat and did not wish to comment. Lingnan University political analyst Li Pang-kwong and new Kowloon West lawmaker Wong Yuk-man, of the League of Social Democrats, suggested the party had not done enough work within communities. The vice-president of the Chinese Manufacturers' Association, Eddy Li Sau-hung, said that even in its representation of business interests, the party's scope had become restricted. 'Is the business sector just a few big corporations?' he said. 'The Liberal Party has become representative of a small number of people in the business sector. It only represents a faction which it thinks is from its own background or has its old friends.'