The Democratic Party has terminated the membership of a former district councillor of the party, who ran in the district council election last Sunday even though they had urged her not to.

Virginia Fung King-man was running in the Hung Hom Bay constituency in Kowloon City claiming to be a Democratic Party member, despite being condemned by the party in mid October and her membership suspended.

In early November, the party issued another statement saying that it was “extremely regretful” that Fung still claimed to be a member while running in the election.

Her membership was terminated on Thursday after a meeting of the party’s central committee confirmed the verdict of its disciplinary committee.

Virginia Fung joined the “Gau Wu” protest after the pro-democracy Occupy protests ended in Mong Kok last year. The “Gau Wu” protest celebrated its anniversary on Thursday.

Pro-democracy ‘Gau Wu’ protest in Mong Kok. File photo: Resistance Live.

In the election, Fung was running against pro-democracy Labour Party candidate Chiu Shi-shun, independent candidate Calvin Li Kam-cheong, and incumbent district councillor Cheung Yan-hong, who was considered a pro-Beijing camp figure.

On one of Fung’s banners, she said she was supported by lawmaker Raymond Wong Yuk-man.

Cheung won the election by 1,811 votes, while Chiu got 1,740 votes, losing by 71 votes. Fung received 162 votes, and Li got 47.

Fung was the second member of the party to have been expelled recently. Former lawmaker Nelson Wong Shing-chi was expelled in July.

Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.