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LABOUR WINS.

AUCKLAND WEST. | SUBSTANTIAL MAJORITY. FOUR LOSE DEPOSITS. By a majority of 3079 votes the official Labour candidate, Mr. P. Carr, won the Auckland West by-election on Saturday, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. M. •T. Savage. The successful candidate polled more than two to one over Mr. W. H. Fortune, Independent. Xcarly 400 absentee, postal and seamen's votes have yet to lie allocated. Until the official count is made informal votes will not be dealt with. The final result is expected to be completed about the end of the week. The preliminary count resulted:—

P. Carr (Labour* : 5935 \V. H. Fortune (Independent) 2856 I'. G. Watson (Communist) 3<iß L. Pickles (Independent Socialist) .. 131 ,T. B. Kennedy (Liberal) 15 E. Naden (Independent) 9 Majority for Carr 3079 The following table shows the votes polled at the various booths: — For- WatCarr tune son Pickles Leys Institute 1536 s!*) S9 37 All Saint's . . GOO 23« 31 IS Church of Christ 719 269 48 23 Epiphany Hall 539 146 46 7 Beresford St. -94 47 1 6 7 St. Thomas. :CV> 48 33 1 Franklin ltd. 521 149 43 o Richm'd Rd. S. 501 135 22 7 Heme Bay Kd. 252 4.SK 10 4 iSt. Stephens' 623 756 30 IS j Totals 5935 2556 368 131 The number of electors on the roll was approximately 15.300. ■» The tnial number of votes recorder! was under 9500. compared with 15.175 in the 193S general election and 11.74i> in 1935. In j the 1938 contest. Mr. Savage polled 11,591 votes, against 3554 received by his Nationalist opponent, Mr. J. W Kealy, jun. The Prime Minister, the Hon. P. Fraeer, made reference to the by-elec-tion in » broadcast address last night*

He said the result was striking evidence of the backing given the Government's War policy and that of Mr. Savage. '"While only 3t>S people recorded their votes for the Communist candidate, who opposed our lighting in this Avar," he said, '"another 5940 showed that the/ supported the Government to the limit. Even then, probably half those who supported the Communist candidate were merely disgruntled voters, rather than people who really understood the attitude of the candidate and his associates. The Government appreciates t'he people's support for the war effort, and is determined to concentrate on finding the best means of making it effective."

Messrs. Pickles, Kennedy, Xaden and Watson forfeited their deposits, each having received less than one-fourth of the votes polled by the successful candidate. The Consolidated Fund thus benefits to the extent of £40.

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LABOUR WINS., Auckland Star, Volume LXXI, Issue 118, 20 May 1940

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LABOUR WINS. Auckland Star, Volume LXXI, Issue 118, 20 May 1940

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