Lawmakers voted against expelling 'Long Hair' Leung Kwok-hung from the Legislative Council yesterday, with the radical legislator garnering support from 25 pan-democratic and independent colleagues. After a seven-hour debate spanning Wednesday evening and yesterday morning, just 19 pro-establishment lawmakers out of 46 legislators present supported the motion to remove Leung after he was sentenced to jail for disrupting a forum in September. One lawmaker abstained, while 14 others in the 60-seat Legco did not attend the meetings. The pan-democrats defended Leung, saying he stood for social justice, and that his conviction did not compromise his and the council's integrity. Under the Basic Law, a lawmaker jailed for more than one month can be stripped of his seat if a two-thirds majority in Legco supports impeachment. Leung, chairman of the League of Social Democrats, was sentenced to two months in prison for joining an unruly mob that swarmed a public forum on scrapping Legco by-elections. Leung is challenging his sentence in the Court of Appeal. Chan Kam-lam, a lawmaker with the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, described Leung as a thug whose behaviour set a bad example for young people. Liberal Party chairwoman Miriam Lau Kin-yee said Leung was 'extremely [in the] wrong', and urged Legco to take a stance against unruly behaviour in its ranks. But Leung said: 'I have never wanted to be a role model for the younger generation. But I only have a humble demand to safeguard my rights ... [including] the right to decide my fate.' Meanwhile, Wong Kwok-kin, from the Federation of Trade Unions, urged fellow lawmakers to review the rules on whether a lawmaker should be impeached while his sentence was under appeal. But Wong was in favour of expelling Leung in the name of fairness, citing Chim Pui-chung losing his seat in 1998 after being sentenced to three years in jail for plotting to forge share-transfer documents. The term was reduced to 12 months on appeal.