A veteran pro-Beijing lawmaker will not run in November’s district council poll but said the decision had nothing to do with the fiasco he helped create during the voting of the political reform proposal. Ip Kwok-him, of the Democratic Alliance of the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, will not run for the Kwun Lung constituency in the Central and Western district council again, a seat he first took in 1991. He said the decision was in line with his party’s approach to groom a new generation. “It is a difficult yet happy decision,” said Ip. “The person I hope will succeed me has already been helping with district-wide work since my last election and has established a strong network there.” Yeung Hoi-wing, originally a district officer for Ip and also a member of the alliance, formally filed to run for Ip’s seat. Ip is a lawmaker through a district council constituency, also known as a functional seat. His withdrawal from district council office means he will have to run for direct election or quit the lawmaking role altogether. READ MORE: Hong Kong lawmakers explain botched walkout that left reform plan with just 8 votes of support He dismissed suggestions that he lost support from pro-Beijing allies after Legco’s fiasco during the chamber’s political reform vote in June. As the main strategist of the camp, Ip asked pro-establishment lawmakers of the camp to walk out in a bid to buy time for ailing Lau Wong-fat to return for the vote. But in the end, a quorum was ruled to have been present as eight pro-establishment lawmakers stayed in the chamber, casting the historic vote for the government – and losing to the 28 pan-democrats who voted against the Beijing-backed proposal.