Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong

The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) is a pro-Beijing conservative political party in Hong Kong. Chaired by Starry Lee and holding 13 Legislative Council seats, it is currently the largest party in the legislature and in terms of membership, far ahead of other parties. It has been a key supporting force to the SAR administration and the central government's policies on Hong Kong.

Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong
民主建港協進聯盟
AbbreviationDAB
ChairpersonStarry Lee
Vice-ChairpersonsHorace Cheung
Chan Yung
Gary Chan
Holden Chow
Thomas Pang
Founded10 July 1992; 29 years ago (1992-07-10)
Merger ofProgressive Alliance
Headquarters15/F, SUP Tower,
83 King's Road,
North Point, Hong Kong
Youth wingYoung DAB
Membership (2020) 44,663[1]
Ideology
Political positionCentre-right[4]
Regional affiliationPro-Beijing camp[5][6]
Colours  Blue   Red
Slogan"Faithful to Hong Kong"
Executive Council
4 / 33
Legislative Council
13 / 70
District Councils
21 / 479
NPC (HK deputies)
5 / 36
CPPCC (HK members)
16 / 124
Website
www.dab.org.hk
Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong
Traditional Chinese民主建港協進聯盟
Simplified Chinese民主建港协进联盟
Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong
Traditional Chinese民主建港聯盟
Simplified Chinese民主建港联盟
Abbreviation
Traditional Chinese民建聯
Simplified Chinese民建联

The party was established in 1992 as the "Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong" by a group of traditional Beijing loyalists who pledged allegiance to the Communist Party of China. As the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong was approaching, the party actively participated in elections in the last years of the colonial rule and became one of the major party and the ally to the government in the early post-handover era.

The DAB took a major blow in the 2003 District Council election due to the unpopular Tung Chee-hwa administration and the proposed legislation of the Article 23 of the Basic Law. However, the party still managed to recover its loss in the following decades, further expanded its electoral base and membership and absorbed the pro-business Hong Kong Progressive Alliance in 2005, becoming the a dominant force in Hong Kong politics.

The party received electoral successes in the 2007 and 2011 District Council elections, winning 136 local elected offices at its peak, and won 13 seats in the 2012 Legislative Council election thanks to its effective electoral strategy. In the 2019 District Council election, however, the party received a significant loss of four-fifth of its seats the midst of the widespread anti-government protests.