Priscilla Leung

The Honourable
Priscilla Leung
梁美芬
Dr Priscilla Leung
Member of the
Legislative Council of Hong Kong
Incumbent
Assumed office
2008
Serving with James To, Frederick Fung, Starry Lee, Raymond Wong
Preceded by Chan Ka-wai
Constituency Kowloon West
Associate Professor of the School of Law, City University of Hong Kong
Personal details
Born 1961 (age 49–50)
 Hong Kong
Nationality Chinese
Political party Professional Forum
Spouse(s) Prof. Wang Guiguo
Residence Hong Kong
Alma mater BSSc (CUHK)
LLM (Renmin University)
JSD (Renmin University)
Profession Legislative Councillor

Priscilla Leung Mei-fun (Chinese: 梁美芬; pinyin: Liáng Měifēn; born 1961 in Hong Kong with family roots in Zhaoqing, Guangdong) is a Legislative Councillor, representing the Kowloon West constituency. She is also a member of Kowloon City District Council.[1] She is a barrister and an associate professor at City University of Hong Kong's[2] School of Law where her husband is the Dean.

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LegCo election campaign

She was supported by the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government and the pro-Beijing Federation of Trade Unions in her bid for a Legco seat. She insists on being an independent and not a Beijing loyalist.[3]

During her LegCo election campaign, she staged a publicity stunt of catching rats in Yau Tsim Mong District, earning her the nickname "Queen of Rats" (Chinese: 鼠王芬).[4]

Controversies

On 13 January 2010 she walked out from the LegCo chamber after fellow legislator Albert Chan had said "some people teach dog shit laws" ("教狗屎法律") in an apparent reference to Leung.[5] Chan refused to withdraw his comment and LegCo president Tsang Yok-sing subsequently ruled that no LegCo rules had been violated.

On 21 January 2010, in a response to the quasi-referendum on universal suffrage which was triggered by the resignation of five pro-democratic members of LegCo, Leung announced she would introduce a private member's bill which would forbid legislators from resigning unless they became ill or were convicted of a crime.[6] Ronny Tong criticized her move as a contravention of the Basic Law: he said such a bill would infringe the right to stand for elections protected under Article 26 and would be inconsistent with Article 74 which prohibits individual legislators from tabling bills that relate to the political structure.[7] She also went on record stating that the resignations of the five legislators contravened the Basic Law of Hong Kong. However, in spite of her background as a teacher of constitutional law, she failed to substantiate her claim. Her move has been regarded as both opportunistic and reactionary.[citation needed]

On 25 January 2010, she stated that the LegCo resignations were a form of abuse, apparently overlooking the fact that such resignations are common in many parliamentary democracies. She also stated that amending the relevant legislation to prevent those who resigned from running in by-elections would put Hong Kong in line with practice in Britain. However, as the 2008 resignation and subsequent re-election of the former Chairman of the Conservative Party, David Davis (British politician), shows, quasi-referendums are perfectly legal in Britain.

Academic history

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References

Legislative Council of Hong Kong
New seat Member of Legislative Council
Representative for Kowloon West constituency
2008 – present
Served alongside: Starry Lee, James To, Raymond Wong, Frederick Fung
Incumbent
Party political offices
New political party Chairman of Kowloon West New Dynamic
2008 – present
Incumbent
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Chan Kin-por
Member of the Legislative Council
Hong Kong order of precedence
Member of the Legislative Council
Succeeded by
Leung Ka-lau
Member of the Legislative Council

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