UNITED POLITICAL PARTY. ENTHUSIASTIC CONFERENCE. prii .Kisr:pfr ward's acceptance. I-'iii y-iiiir out of sixty candidates ■clrvlcd I'.v Hie L'nitcil party were n'N.-mhlod ye-terday in Wellington when Sir .In.i.ph Ward accepted the leadership of * !■•■ I'irty. 11 li.nl previously been derided, by i)M:iiiiiiiiiu» resolution, that the party >li "I I '-" to the polls as "The United Party." Mr. VV. J. Henderson, deputy-chairman of the United party's organisation, in Sir Joseph Ward, said:— "Sir,—lt is my duty and my pleasure tii \\ '■Iconic you this morning on behalf of tlii' candidates, the organisation, and the whole of the United party. The conference ju.-t held, may I say. was the rrin-t iiuprc-wivc and successful political gathering that has ever been held in the history of Xew Zealand. It whs impressive because of the largo number of candidates present, each and every one actuated by the same ideals. It was successful because of the unanimity of views regarding policy, mikl more especially because of its choice of such u distinguished and experienced statesman to lead the party to the poll. We sincerely believe, sir, that in choosing you we have done the very best for this fair country of ours. To us you are an incarnation of the spirit of real leadership and statesmanship. Wo know the long-felt want there hns been for a party with a sane policy and a leader that will bring about finanri;il stiihilisntion and prosperity. We have fomu into being to supply that party, iiiirl tlie conference wai held to supply that policy. That leader is now here with us. The long experience and profound knowledge of finance for which you are so justly, may I say, worldfarned, T am certain will bring about that prosperity that is the right of this young, virile aniL progressive country you enjoy. On'behalf of the United New Zealand Political Organisation I pledge you its undivided loyalty and its whole-hearted support, and in doing so I am confident that you will succeed." "Better Chance of Unanimity." Mr. ('•. \V. Forbes, Leader of the National party, said that he saw Sir Joseph Ward on the previous afternoon and with Mr. T. M. Wilford, M.P., told Sir Joseph that his selection as le.tder was acceptable to the National party, which party would do everything to assist him. (Applause.) "I thought that statement might help him in coming to a decision. Sir Joseph said he was pleased at tho statement I made. Gentlemen,. I congratulate) you on your selection. After all, the conference was called for the purpose of electing a leader, and the conference has come to a decision. The conference was called tosbring about unanimity; and I think in the decision you have como to there will be a better chance of unanimity than there would have been under any other selection. I agree, as I have said, with your decision. Speaking as an old footballer, I accept the decision of the referee." Tho meeting sang "For He's a Jolly Oood Fellow," and gave three hearty cheers for Mr. Forbes. Messrs. W. Perry and A. B. Sievwright (Wellington), E. A. Ransom, M.1 , ., T. K. Sidcy, M.P., J. Horn, M.P., W. J. Broadfont (Waitomo), T. McDonald (Southern Maori), J. Trcvithick, J. Donald and A. J. Stallworthy (Auckland) and W. E. Taylor (Wallace), also spoke, and congratulated Sir Joseph and the conference. The New Leader's Reply. Sir Joseph Ward, who had a most enthusiastic reception, in an impressive speech, gaid that no one occupying the position in which he stood at the moment could help feeling very proud. He thanked Mr. Forbes, Leader of the National party, for the remarks he had made, and the goodwill he had expressed in regard to the future. Addressing the members of the conference, Sir Joseph Ward said he desired to say a word about the difficulties of tho situation. It would be idle for them, after what had been a mrtut successful conference, to think that they could go back to their respective districts with the feeling that everything would run smoothly. That was not so. He urged them that whatever difficulties might arise they should treat their opponents fairly and honourably. If tha United party came Into power it had got to affirm and act up to certain principles, which he was Hire would commend themselves to «11 those present and to the bulk of the people of New Zealand. He wanted to lay down a policy for the good of the country as a whole. He wanted to see ft policy adopted which would not only be for the good of the country as a whole, but a policy which could be carried out without injuring any section of the business community, or the farmers, or the workers.
Sir Joseph concluded by expressing confidence that the United party would return successful after the elections with its banner flying high at the masthead.
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LEADERSHIP SETTLED., Auckland Star, Volume LIX, Issue 221, 18 September 1928
LEADERSHIP SETTLED. Auckland Star, Volume LIX, Issue 221, 18 September 1928
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