1 August 1997
The Democratic Party Welcomes New Members; Uniting of Democratic
Today Democratic Party Chairman Martin Lee and other party members welcomed
12 new members from the Social Democratic Front (SDF) to join the party
(the SDF was formed by former members of the Association for Democracy
and People's Livelihood -- APDL -- who objected to ADPL's participation
in the Provisional Legislature).
On 31 July, the Executive Committee of the Democratic Party approved
the applications of the 12 new members, including two elected members of
the Urban Council: Eric Wong Chung-ki and Grace Au Yuk-har and four elected
District Board members.
Martin Lee warmly welcomed the new recruits, stating that the Democratic
Party is a broad-based political entity open to all groups and individuals
who believe in freedom, democracy and the rule of law. He noted the new
members all have public support and strong track records of working for
the Hong Kong community as well as rich experience in district affairs
and community development -- which will be very helpful to the future of
the party and in the 1998 elections.
Martin Lee commented that the new members would be an excellent addition
to the Party's efforts:
"This is definitely good news -- it is a sign of vitality and unity
that so soon after the handover, the party is expanding. Instead of being
marginalised by the eviction from the seats we were elected to in theLegislative
Council, the support for the Democratic Party and our democratic allies
is growing ever stronger. We intend to join together with all who share
our beliefs to fight for democracy and to fight the 1998 elections."