MR LUKE SUCCESSFUL.
WELLINGTON, Feb. 28. . After all the. side-issues which were raised in the by-election, political elements suddenly resolved themselves a few hours before polling started, and it was a dogged fight between the National Government and the anticonseriptionists, allied. with other sections, not against the military service, but intensely opposed to the National Government. It was evident throughout the contest that the licensing trade had a big grievance against the Gov- , eminent, but its support for Mr Brandon was seen at the last moment to be
a mistake, as ; 'he had no chance of winning. Then, it is freely alleged, the 1 rade vote swung to -Mr Holland, and Mr Brandon was even deserted by most of ins Reform • friends,, who began to declare that the serious danger from Mr Holland would force, them to concentrate on the National Government's nominee, Mr Luke. . At Sydney Street, where the work-ing-class vote was. concentrated, Mr Holland ■• had a substantial lead, while Mr Luke-only just,held.his own at the lown Hall, another centre for watersiders. Business people apparently went solidly for Mr Luke. The total number of votes cast was /128 and the figures polled by the candidates were as follow :—- J. P. Luke (National Government) ... : t- 2986 H. E. Holland (Labour) .•"". 2566 A. de B. Brandon (National Government) ... .. _ g^g -\N. Poison (Independent) ..'. 720 Informal,,votes ... ... ...40 Mr John Pearce Luke, M.P., is a well-known figure in Wellington. He is joint managing director,, of the firm oi -S. Luke and. Co., Ltd., engineers a, nd £ m«T1898 has been a member of the Wellington City Council. He is now occupying the Mayoral chair for a second term in succession. He was born.at St. Just, Cornwall, in 1858.
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MR LUKE SUCCESSFUL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXVIII, Issue 9233, 1 March 1918
MR LUKE SUCCESSFUL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXVIII, Issue 9233, 1 March 1918
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