Lawmaker Felix Chung Kwok-pan took over as Liberal Party chairman yesterday with a vow to create a "younger" organisation while staying in the pro-establishment camp. And he confirmed that Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying would meet the business-friendly party for lunch this month - an apparent rapprochement after former Liberal leader James Tien Pei-chun called on Leung to consider quitting to end political discord. Chung, 51, who represents the textile and garments sector, was confirmed in the post yesterday, while fellow lawmaker Vincent Fang Kang took over from Tien as leader. Both were unopposed. Tien stood down after being kicked off the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, the nation's top advisory body, for his criticism of Leung. But Chung downplayed the idea that the lunch with the chief executive was about building bridges. "Fang says he doesn't need to mend his relationship with Leung, because there is nothing between him and the chief executive," Chung said. The leadership reshuffle also saw Eastern District councillor Peter Shiu Ka-fai, 44, elected unopposed as vice-chairman. "I will work with Shiu to do more because all political parties need to get younger," Chung told the Post . "Different people have their own styles and handle matters differently, but the Liberals' direction will not change." And, in an apparent reference to Tien's outspoken style, he added: "Fang would not learn to be like Tien and he couldn't become like Tien." Outgoing chairwoman Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee said yesterday she decided to step down because "it was the best time to allow the party to grow younger, to be given a facelift … and prepare for the next elections". She said Chung and Shiu's experience and connections made them suitable candidates for leading positions in the party. Chow and Tien join former lawmaker Miriam Lau Kin-yee as honorary chairmen, focusing on external relations, communications and publicity. In October, Chow said Beijing still saw the Liberals as part of the establishment despite Tien's remarks. Fang was quoted yesterday as saying that unaffiliated lawmaker Lam Tai-fai "was expected to join" the party due to their similar political views, but Chung told the Post the decision was not confirmed. Lam and Fang could not be reached for comment. Tien had invited the industrial sector representative to run in the New Territories East geographical constituency in 2016. But in September, Lam said he would consider ending his Legco career if the government's political reform proposal failed next year. The Liberals have never been close to Leung, whose election rival Henry Tang Ying-yen is a former member. Its lawmakers have voted against policies they see as unfriendly to industry, such as high stamp duties.