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DUNEDIN WAY.

LABOUR CONFIDENCE.

RECKONS ON FOUR SEATS. INTEREST IN CLTJTHA. (By Telegraph.—Special to " Star.") DUNEDIN, this day. Labour is confident of winning four seats in Dunedin, but the party is not so solid and strong as it was two months ago. If an election had been held then the party had a much better chance of a clean sweep. At the sanic time it has good prospects of winning three of the four city seats, the doubtful one being Dunedin West, where a straight-out issue is being fought between Mr. Downie. Stewart (Independent National Government) and Dr. McMillan (Labour). This contest is creating great interest and the contest is sure to be a close one. Mr. Stewart's chances of being returned are improving daily. Dunedin South is an out-and-out Labour electorate and Mr. F. Jones appears to have it again in safe keeping against his young opponent, Mr. T. K. S, Sidey (National Government). Dunedin North and Dunedin Central are triangular contests with Labour in the strangest position. , For Dunedin North Mr. J. W. Munro (Labour) is opposed by Mrs. Black (Democrat) and Mr. A. S. Falconer (National Government). Mrs. Black is more likely to take votes from Mr. Falconer than from Labour, thus allowing Mr. Munro to retain the seat, although Labour has been twice defeated for the same constituency in past years. Dunedin Central. At last election Sir Charles Statham just managed to retain Dunedin Central against Mr. P. Neilson (Labour), who is again standing, this time against Mr. D. C. Cameron (National Government) and Mr. Sydney Wren (Independent). The last-named need not be considered so that the issue is really between Messrs. Neilson and Cameron. The former polled so well on the last occasion against Sir Charles Statham, a much stronger opponent, that he will be hard to defeat. Messrs. Jones, Munro, McMillan and Neilson were all returned in the interests of Labour at the municipal election earlier in the year and next Wednesday Labour looks like winning three city seats, against the two won last time. Clutha. The Clutha election is one that is creating most interest in the country. The Rev. E. T. Cox (Labour) and Mayor of Dunedin has as his opponent Mr. J. A. Roy (National Government). This electorate carries a big silent prohibition vote which will probably go to Mr. Cox, who also has a strong following among the women voters. He has spent considerable time in the district and is making the best of every opportunity. The small farmers are also giving him support, and his chances of success look brighter than those of his opponent, whose support will come mainly from the farming community. Chalmers is providing another triangular contest and so is Central Otago. Mr. A. E. Ansell (National Government) will have strong opposition from Mr. A. Campbell (Labour) for Chalmers, but he should be returned bv a small majority. Mr. W. A. Bodkin (National Government) is being opposed by Mr. H. K. Edie (Labour) and Mr. W. A. McNaught (Democrat), but he has always been popular with Central Otago electors, who are not likely to overlook the good work he has'done for the district as a whole.

The threo Democrats for the seven seats mentioned can be written down as "also started."

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DUNEDIN WAY., Auckland Star, Volume LXVI, Issue 275, 20 November 1935

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DUNEDIN WAY. Auckland Star, Volume LXVI, Issue 275, 20 November 1935

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