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IN CANTERBURY.

PROSPECTS OF CANDIDATES

MR. SULLIVAN EXPECTED TO

POLL WELL,

MRS. McCOMBS FOR XORTH ?

(By Telegraph.—Own Correspondent.)

CHRISTCHUECTL Saturdav

j With the closing of nominations students of political form are now endeavouring to pick winners of Canterbury seats. The Mayor of Christehurch, Mr. D. G. Sullivan, who is the sitting Labour member for Avon, will be opposed by Mr. H. K. Young (Coalition), who i= a new arrival from the West Coast. In a threecornered contest in 1928 Mr. Sullivan polled 6376. but Mr. Sullivan's seat looks quite safe. Christchurch. South promises to be a good hard contest, Mr. E. J. Howard, the sitting Labour member, has for opposition Mr. C. S. McCully, Tvho Avas the United nominee in 1925. Mr. Howard i≤ "well known for his humour on the platform. Mr. McCully, -while not quite so experienced, i≤ widely known, particularly through his association with Rugby football and amateur athletics. Mr. McCully may win dj a few votes. Mr. Armstrong's Seat. Another straight-out fight takes place in Christehurch East between the sitting member, Mr. H. T. Armstrong (Labour) and the Coalitionist, Mr. G. F. Allen, former headmaster of the Sumner Hi:rh School. Mr. Armstrong looks likely to hold his position. In Christchurch Xorth the Labour candidate, Mrs. E. R. McCombs, i≤ acquitting herself veil. The present representative is Mr. Henry Holland (Coalition R-eform), who has a solid following. An Independent, Mr. L. C. Walker, i≤ also a starter. There is always the possibility that a quiet section of voters may swing towards Mrs. McCombs, taking the viewthat this is a wonderful opportunity for Christchurch to distinguish itself by electing Xew Zealand's first woman member. Independent observers predict that this is exactly what will happen.

Mr. Hawke For Kaiapoi. The Eev. J. K. Archer this rear i≤ endeavouring to oust Mr. E. W. Hawke (Coalition United) from Kaiapoi. With no EefoTmer in the tot Mr. Hawke should have a comfortable win. In the Lvttelton district, which also embraces Banks Peninsula, and part of the city, Mr. J. McCombs (Labour) mayhave a. hard fight. The Coalitionist F. W. Freeman should make a etrong bid. An Independent in Mr. W. L. Page, has entered the field, but his chances are negligible. A good deal of interest centres on. Riccarton where a Coalitionist Eefonner, Mr. H. S. S. Kyle, has to contend with Messrs. A. A. "McLachlan (Independent United), and G. T* Thurston (Labour). Mr. Kyle beat Mr. McLachlan in 192S by 45 votes. .Mr. McLachlan's chance.- arc again upset bythc split vote. It is ai?o said that the Labour candidate, Mr. G. T. Thurston, is gaining ground. The Prime Minister, the Et. Hon. G. W. Forbes, i> expected to have a bigger majority in Hurunui, where ho is faced with only Labour opposition. He should double his majority, Mr. Jones' Stiff Fight. .The Hon. D. Jones has three opponents in Mid-Canterbury. The most formidable is Mr. J. Connolly (Independent United), who got within 55 votes of Mr. Jones in 1928. Up till a few days ago the fight was between Messrs. Jones, Connolly and Wightman (Independent). Mr. Connolly wae thought to Lave bright prospects of gaining a victory over the Minister of Agriculture, bur the last ri'iuiite entry of Mr. Hiram Hunter in the Labour interests altered the rc~ition. Messrs. T. D. Burnett (Coalition Keform). and T. H. Langford (Independent Liberal), will again fight out Temuka. Mr. Burnett was elected by SG in J 928, and the position is very open. An interesting situation arises in, Tirnaru. Mr. Clyde Carr, th£ sitting Labour member, sprang & eurprisc in j 1928 by defeating Mr. F. J. Eolieston, a Minister of the Crown. Mr. -Carr't; margain was 467. This year he is opposed by a Reformer and a United; candidate." The split in the vote will ■ probably enable him to retain the Eeat. An Independent United candidate and a Labourite oppose Mr. J. Bitchener (Coalition Eeform) in Waitaki. The situation has been considerably altered. It embraces the Waitaki hydro-elrctria works where there is now a large Labour following. It is expected that the Labour candidate, Mr. A. M. Paterson, will make a big bid for victory.

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IN CANTERBURY., Auckland Star, Volume LXII, Issue 277, 23 November 1931

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