MR. JERKINS' DECISION.
WILL RECONTEST SEAT,
Mr. H. R. Jenkins, M.P. for Parnell, announced this afternoon his intention to resign the Parnell seat with a view of recontesting it at a by-election. Mr. Jenkins told an "Auckland Star" representative that he had nothing further to say at the present juncture. Recently Mr. Jenkins addressed a levely meeting of the Parnell electors at the Remuera Library, when he explained his reasons for leaving the United Political party. At the general election in November, 1928, Mr. Jenkins (United) polled 5642 votes, Mr. J. S. Dickson, sitting Reform member and Government Whip, 4793 votes and the Labour candidate, Mr. Yarnall, IG6I. There was thus a clear majority of 549 for Mr. Jenkins. _ For seventeen successive years Mr. Dickson had represented the electorate, increasing his majority at each general election.
Only one by-election has been held since "the general election. ■ Upon the resignation of Mr. T. M. Wilford, who had been member for Hutt for many years, Mr. W. Nash (Labour) was elected to succeed him. Mr, Nash defeated the United candidate by a narrow margin. The Reform candidate was at the bottom of the poll.
Mr. Dickson To Stand. "I am going to stand, whatever happens," said.Mr. J. S. Dickson, when informed of the fact that Mr. Jenkins had announced his resignation. "I shall stand as a Reform candidate," added Mr. Dickson. Asked whether he would get the official Reform i nomination, Mr. I Dickson said hie could give no information on that score, but, whatever happened, he was determined to contest the seat which he had occupied for so many years.
Mr. J. S. Fletcher, M.P. for Grey Lynn, who recently declared his independence, would make no statement for publication when informed of Mr. Jenkin's decision.
"Did The Righ Thing."
"Assuming that Mr. Jenkins' reason for resigning his seat was the fact that he has disassociated himself recently from the Government party, of which he was elected as a member, I believe he has done the right thing," said Mr. M. J. Savage, M.P., deputy leader of the Parliamentary Labour Party,- when informed of the resignation.
Mr. Savage said that although candidates had been selected for some of the southern seats, the Labour Party had not yet decided wbh woul stand for Auckland seats in the Labour interest.
The selection for. Auckland electorates would, in the ordinary course, have taken place after the Easter conference at Wellington. As there would now be a by-election for Parnell, the Labour Representation Committee in Auckland, the local governing body of organisations, would be called on to select a candidate. It might be necessary to hold a ballot, in which about 12,000 trades unionists and others privileged to have a vote would participate.
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WILL RESIGN., Auckland Star, Volume LXI, Issue 68, 21 March 1930
WILL RESIGN. Auckland Star, Volume LXI, Issue 68, 21 March 1930
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