Audrey Eu

Audrey Eu Yuet-mee JP SC is a former member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong and was founding leader of the Civic Party. She was a member of the Executive Committee of the Civic Party, focusing on party development. In politics, Eu has focused on matters relating to the Basic Law.

Audrey Eu Yuet-mee

余若薇
Audrey Eu Yuet Mee 2010.jpg
Audrey Eu in 2010 at Victoria Park, Hong Kong
Chairperson of the Civic Party
In office
1 December 2012 – 19 November 2016
DeputyProf. Stephen Chan
Tanya Chan
LeaderAlan Leong
Alvin Yeung
Preceded byKenneth Chan
Margaret Ng (Acting)
Succeeded byAlan Leong
Member of the Legislative Council
In office
11 December 2000 – 30 September 2012
Preceded byGary Cheng
Succeeded byChristopher Chung
ConstituencyHong Kong Island
Leader of Civic Party
In office
19 March 2006 – 8 January 2011
Preceded byNew title
Succeeded byAlan Leong
Personal details
Born (1953-09-11) 11 September 1953 (age 67)
Hong Kong
Political partyCivic Party
Spouse(s)Edmund Woo Kin-wai
Alma materSt. Francis' Canossian College
St. Paul's Co-educational College
University of Hong Kong
London School of Economics
OccupationBarrister
Audrey Eu
Chinese余若薇

Early life and legal careerEdit

Audrey Eu was born on 11 September 1953 in Hong Kong. She studied at St. Francis' Canossian College from 1960 to 1970 and matriculated from St. Paul's Co-educational College in 1972.[1]

She earned her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Hong Kong and her Master of Laws from the London School of Economics. She was called to the Bar in England in 1977 and the Bar in Hong Kong in 1978 and was appointed as a Queen's Counsel in 1993 (known as Senior Counsel since 1997).[2] She continues to practice and specialises in civil law. Notable pupils of hers include Andrew Cheung, permanent judge of the Court of Final Appeal.[3] Before entering politics, Eu was the chair of the Hong Kong Bar Association. She shot to prominence on the right of abode issue, at the time of the transfer of sovereignty to the People's Republic of China in 1997, she held a firm stance against the interpretation of the Hong Kong Basic Law by the National People's Congress. In 2011, she was awarded an honorary fellowship by the London School of Economics and Political Science.[4]

Political careerEdit

Eu decided to enter into politics in 2000. She contested the Hong Kong by-election that year and successfully gained a seat at the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, replacing Gary Cheng, who resigned from his seat amidst controversy. She then became a founding member of the Basic Law Article 23 Concern Group, which later became the Basic Law Article 45 Concern Group, then the Civic Party in 2005.

Article 23 Concern GroupEdit

In 2002, when the Hong Kong Government wanted to alter the existing Article 23 concerning treason and sedition, Eu, with some other notable members of the Bar, including Alan Leong, Margaret Ng, Ronny Tong, formed the Basic Law Article 23 Concern Group. Before the draft Bill became public, Eu put forward strong opinions and statements opposing certain measures of the Article 23 legislation. Her campaigning helped her significantly raise her public profile after 1 July 2003, demonstrations.

Article 45 Concern groupEdit

Concern started to grow among Hong Kong residents later about Articles 45 and 68 of the Basic Law in 2004. There were also uncertainties concerning the future of the next 2007 Chief Executive election and the next 4th LegCo elections in 2008.

In response, Eu, along with other barristers including Margaret Ng and Ronny Tong, formed the Basic Law Article 45 Concern Group that advocated fully democratic processes in the form of universal suffrage in both elections. She found most support with the middle-class.

Eu ran for the 2004 LegCo election for the Hong Kong Island constituency in the same ballot as Cyd Ho from The Frontier. The "Eu-Ho" pair obtained 73,844 votes which resulted in Eu obtaining a seat at the expense of Ho, who lost out to her nearest DAB rival Choy So Yuk by a mere 815 votes. This was seen as a blunder by the pan-democratic camp, as Hong Kong Democratic Party LegCo candidate Martin Lee had more than enough votes to be elected, directly affecting Cyd Ho's election chances.

Civic PartyEdit

Eu was the founding leader of the party, and held the office from 19 March 2006 to 8 January 2011.[5]

She stood for and was returned in the Hong Kong Island geographical constituency for the 2008 Hong Kong legislative election. She was placed second on the Civic Party ticket, behind newcomer Tanya Chan, who was also elected. After deducting the quotient required for the first seat, the remainder to Eu was only 30,362, enable Eu to win a seat in the constituency with the lowest number of vote. She got 525 votes less than her former running mate in the 2004 election Cyd Ho.

However, Eu lost her seat in the Legislative Council in September 2012 after gave up her safe seat in Hong Kong Island geographical constituency to Kenneth Chan Ka-lok.

2009 Reform packageEdit

In the debate over the Hong Kong government's 2009 reform package (referred to by government as the '2012 constitutional reform package') she was among the firmer voices in the pan-democratic camp, supporting the January 2010 resignation by five pan-democrat Legislative Councillors to force a by-election in which they re-stood (and were re-elected), intended as referendum on democracy.

In the run-up to 23 June 2010 Legco vote on the reform package she refused support, saying that it did not go far enough towards democratic expectations, even if it included the Democratic Party's compromise proposal to have the five new district council functional constituency seats returned by popular election.[6]

Other positionsEdit

Eu is a patron of St John's Cathedral HIV Education Centre and was formerly a member of the Consumer Council's Management Committee of its Consumer Legal Action Fund.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sites offer overview of political parties, South China Morning Post, by Jacky Wong, 9 January 2001
  2. ^ "Hon Audrey EU Yuet-mee, SC, JP". Members' biographies. Legislative Council Commission. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-14.
  3. ^ singtao.ca. "法律界讚年輕能幹人緣好 張舉能任高院首席法官_星島日報_加拿大多倫多中文新聞網。 Canada Toronto Chinese newspaper". news.singtao.ca. Archived from the original on 1 August 2017. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  4. ^ "LSE announces its new Honorary Fellows". London School of Economics. 13 May 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Civic Party elects new leader, chairman". RTHK. 8 January 2011. Archived from the original on 1 October 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2011.
  6. ^ Divisions remain over DP compromise Archived 29 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine, The Standard, 20 June 2010

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Gladys Li
Chairman of Hong Kong Bar Association
1997–1999
Succeeded by
Ronny Tong
Legislative Council of Hong Kong
Preceded by
Gary Cheng
Member of Legislative Council
Representative for Hong Kong Island
2000–2012
Succeeded by
Christopher Chung
Party political offices
New political party Leader of Civic Party
2006–2011
Succeeded by
Alan Leong
Preceded by
Kenneth Chan
Chairman of Civic Party
2012–2016
Succeeded by
Alan Leong