Catering (constituency)

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Catering
飲食界
Functional Constituency
for the Legislative Council of Hong Kong
Electorate 5,485 (2016)[1]
Current constituency
Created 2000
Number of members One
Member(s) Tommy Cheung (Liberal)

The Catering (Chinese: 飲食界) functional constituency is in the elections for the Legislative Council of Hong Kong. It was created for the 2000 Legislative Council election to replace the Urban Council and Regional Council constituencies. The constituency is composed of holders of food business licences.[2] It is also corresponding to the Catering Subsector in the Election Committee. Since its creation, it has been held by Liberal Party's Tommy Cheung.

A similar Hotels and Catering functional constituency was created for the 1995 election by the then governor Chris Patten with a much larger electorate base which composed of almost 70,000 voters.

Composition[edit]

The Catering constituency contains both corporate and individual members who hold food licenses and/or are members of associations such as the Association for the Hong Kong Catering Services Management Limited, the Hong Kong Catering Industry Association Limited and the Association of Restaurant Managers Limited.[3]

The constituency has been criticised for favouring big business. It was revealed that around one in 10 corporate voters have links to four major conglomerates in Hong Kong, more than 100 of the 1,004 corporate voters registered give addresses connected with the Tao Heung Group, Cafe de Coral Group, Fulum Group and Victoria Harbour Restaurant Group.[4]

Return members[edit]

Election Member Party
2000 Tommy Cheung Yu-yan Liberal

Electoral results[edit]

Hong Kong legislative election, 2016: Catering
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Tommy Cheung Yu-yan 2,438 79.03 +16.28
Nonpartisan Ng Wing-tak 647 20.97
Turnout 1,791 58.06
Liberal hold Swing
Hong Kong legislative election, 2012: Catering
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Tommy Cheung Yu-yan uncontested
Liberal hold Swing
Hong Kong legislative election, 2008: Catering
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Tommy Cheung Yu-yan uncontested
Liberal hold Swing
Hong Kong legislative election, 2004: Catering
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Tommy Cheung Yu-yan 2,488 63.75
Democratic Josephine Chan Shu-ying 849 21.75
Nonpartisan Wong Sin-ying 566 14.5
Turnout 3,903
Liberal hold Swing
Hong Kong legislative election, 2000: Catering
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Tommy Cheung Yu-yan 1,478 53.59
Independent Leung Kwong-cheong 720 26.11
DAB Ng Tak-leung 560 20.3
Liberal hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 Legislative Council Election". Elections.gov.hk. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  2. ^ "Community Legal Information Centre". Retrieved April 2, 2012. [dead link]
  3. ^ Young, Simon N.M.; Cullen, Richard (2010). Electing Hong Kong's Chief Executivei. Hong Kong University Press. p. 117. 
  4. ^ Lam, Jeffie; Fung, Owen (3 June 2015). "Corporate power: Hong Kong catering functional constituency gives undue weight to four big groups". South China Morning Post. 
  5. ^ "2016 Legislative Council Election". Elections.gov.hk. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  6. ^ "2008 Legislative Council Election". Elections.gov.hk. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  7. ^ "2004 Legislative Council Election". Elections.gov.hk. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  8. ^ "2000 Legislative Council Election". Elections.gov.hk. Retrieved 2012-11-17.