RETIREMENT OF MR T. H, DAVEY.
Mr T. H. Davey, who has represented tho Christchurch East seat for several Parliaments, has decided to retire from tho present contest, and will not seek re-election. Mr Davey has made tho following announcement on tho subject i — - "At my meeting at St. Saviour's, I Sydenham, the -question was put to mc as to what I would do if, on my return ! to Parliament, a motion of no-eonfii-denco was moved in tho Reform Government. 1 replied that I would vote on the merits of the motion. I was very anxious to have the privilege in Parliament of discussing every measure, no matter by whom it was introduced, on its merits, and of voting conscientiously on it. But when I made that reply 1 knew the merits and demerits ot the question, and knew exactly how I would vote, and I confess that 1 ought to have taken the public into my confidence. -"I have never promised toxsupport the Reform Party on a no-confidence motion. If, after having been in Parliament for twelve yoais, I had done so without notifying my constituents, I would have committed a grave political offence. I claim that the statement of Mr Macfarlane, tho Reform candidate for Christchurch East, that 1 declined to support Mr Massey absolves mc from the suggestion that 1 was unfaithful to the Liberal Party. "Since 1 spoke at St. Saviours I have j consulted my friends, many of whom
honestly wish mc to continue the campaign, but I have reluctantly arrived at the conclusion that rather than have the slightest misunderstanding with the electors, I should retire. I feel sure that, in doing this. I shall be consulting the best interests of the constituency. "In taking this step I sincerely wish to thank my friends for the great trust they have placed in mc for twelve years —it is a trust I have tried to honour in every respect—and I hope that my successor will prove to be a, reliable and worthy representative. 1 '
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CHRISTCHURCH EAST., Press, Volume L, Issue 15135, 26 November 1914
CHRISTCHURCH EAST. Press, Volume L, Issue 15135, 26 November 1914
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