GREYMOUTH, April 22
\ Following upon the statement that Mr J.\ C. Webb is legally debarred, interest in the impending by-election has ■been,aroused by the announcement that Messrs Thomas Eldon. Coates and James Kerr will contest the vacancy. The former is a lawyer, who engages also in pastoral pursuits, being the owner of farm property on; the West Coast. Mr Kerr is the proprietor of the "Petone Chronicle." He was formerly part proprietor and sub-edi-tor of the "Grey .River Argus." He lis the eldest son .of the late Hon. James Kerr, M'.L.C. Mr' Kerr states that he stands as a Liberal, supporting the National, Government. Mr Coates will, it is understood, also support the Government, though reserving the right to criticise its administration. The Labour Pavty intends to put up a candidate, and most; likely the choice will fall to the lot of Mr Holland, who recently resigned the editorship of the "Maoriland Worker," to ■ carry the Opposition banner, although a large number of Labourites would prefer a local man, and this may yet influence their final decision. Mi' Mark Fagan (secretary of the Inangahua Miners' Union), lias definitely declined nomination. The name of Mr E. J. Scantlebury (chairman of the Inangahua County Council) is also mentioned, but as he is absent in Wellington nothing definite is known legarding his intentions. That the contest will be fought keenjly is manifest frqm ' the organisation already going on. In this respect Labour, so far, holds the advantage.
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GREY SEAT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXVIII, Issue 9276, 23 April 1918
GREY SEAT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXVIII, Issue 9276, 23 April 1918
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