Harbour Crossings May 12

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New cabinet begins to take shape

9 out of 13 senior official posts for Carrie Lam’s administration have been filled, according to a report by HK01. They are:

  • Secretary for Security: John Lee Ka-chiu, currently Undersecretary for Security
  • Secretary for Education: Kevin Yeung Yun-hung, currently Undersecretary for Education
  • Secretary for Food and Health: Sophia Chan Siu-chee, currently Undersecretary for Food and Health
  • Secretary for Labour and Welfare: Law Chi-kwong, Democratic Party member and Commission on Poverty member
  • Secretary for Development: Eric Ma Siu-cheung, Incumbent
  • Secretary for the Environment: Wong Kam-sing, Incumbent
  • Secretary for Innovation and Technology: Nicholas Yang Wei-hsiung, Incumbent
  • Secretary for the Civil Service: Clement Cheung Wan-ching, Incumbent
  • Secretary for Home Affairs: Lau Kong-wah, Incumbent

According to the list, all except Law Chi-kwong are either incumbent principle officials or their deputies being promoted.

The rest, namely Chief Secretary, Financial Secretary, Secretary for Justice, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Secretary for Transport and Housing, and Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury remain pending.

 

Conservatives Abroad Hong Kong elects new committee

The new Conservatives Abroad Hong Kong Branch Committee elected in April 2017 is as follows:

  • Chairman: Stephen Gore, Managing Director of Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Vice Chairperson: Sally Linnaeus-Peat, Director, HR Asia Pacific at Husky Energy
  • Secretary: David Parkin
  • Treasurer: Bryan Carter
  • Social Events Coordinator: Mark Bromhead
  • Media Coordinator: Donald Day
  • Conservative Policy Forum Coordinator: Laura Winwood
  • Non-Executive Members: Nick Green, Max Johnson, Jeremy Barr, Robin Fox, Edward Peters

Conservatives Abroad, formally created in 1986, is a global network of Conservative Party supporters living overseas. They are kicking their activities into high gear in an election season where their party is the favourite. That might normally breed complacency, but he group here seems unusually fired up. It could just be a case of enthusiastic leadership, or a recognition that politics globally have been particularly hard to predict of late and wild cards abound, cautioning against complacency.