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Mr A. Loughrey, M.H.R, for Linwood, was banqueted by his constituents last night. In addressing his constituents at Gore last night, Mr Valentine, member for Waikaia, dwelt at some length on political matters, and strongly urged the formation of a Farmers’ League. He also favored the appointment of a Minister of Agriculture, whereby the interests of the farming community would receive the attention they demanded. After a large number of questions had been answered, Mr Thomas Green proposed a hearty vote of thanks and confidence in Mr Valentine as their representative, which was seconded by Mr M'Gregor, and carried with great enthusiasm.

In addressing his constituents the other night, Mr Izard, the member for Wellington South, said that “ hia own opinion was that the Ministry would weather the session. They had managed to alienate a considerable number of their strongest supporters, and it was just possible that during the session what he might call the weak-kneed section would break off and coalesce with the Opposition to turn them out. He did not, however, think that this would take place, because the Opposition had no leader. Sir Robert Stout, who he believed could lead a party to defeat the Government, was not in the House, and Sir Julius Vogel had resigned his seat. In the alternative, Messrs JJallance and Larnacb were mentioned ; but the former was not likely to lead any large following, while Mr Larnach, though he had proved himself an excellent departmental Minister, had never shown any higher aspiration.

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PRE-SESSIONAL., Issue 7910, 18 May 1889

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PRE-SESSIONAL. Issue 7910, 18 May 1889

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