THE GENERAL ELECTION
LABOR REPRESENTATION COMMITTEE. ADDRESSES BV CANDIDATES. A meeting of supporters of the candidates selected by the Dunedin Political Labor Representation Committee was held in the Trades Hall last night. There was a very large attendance, including a number of ladies. The proceedings were of an enthusiastic nature. The meeting was not open to the Press, but the following report has been supplied to us. The Chairman, Mr J. Haymes (president of the Political Labor Representation ('ommiUeeJ. in introducing the candidates, referred briefly to the manner in which they bad been selected. Up to a couple of months ago, he said, there were two political organisations in Dunedin—the Otago Labor Council and the Social Democratic Party. Both parties were anxious and determined to run candidates under their respective auspices, and as a result the relationship between these two organisations was somewhat strained. Neither side seemed inclined to give way, and as a result there was every indication that the object each party wished to achieve—the downfall of the. Reform Parlv—would be defeated. At the critical moment the situation was saved by the appearance in Dunedin of Mr .T. Rigg as a peacemaker. As a result of his efforts they were able to appear as a united family, with one objective—the destruction of the Massey party and the election of straight-out Labor candidates. Regarding the seats which they had decided to content, ho might say that it was at iirst decided to contest several seats, but after consideration the number was reduced to two. This was done for several reasons, the principal being the danger of clashing with the Liberal candidates, and thus causing the return of the Reform candidates. This had been avoided by coming to an arrangement with the Liberal purtv to give the Labor party a clear run for “two seats, with their assistance in securing the election of the Labor candidates in return for a similar concession on the part of the Labor party. The position, therefore, was that there, would only be two accredited Labor candidates in Dunedin —Mr A. Walker (Dunedin North) and Mr J. W. Munro (Dunedin Central). Other candidates claiming to represent Labor might contest seats, but .so far as the Political Labor Representation Committee were concerned limy would receive no official recognition. The. candidates, who wore received with applause, addressed the meeting on the lines on which they considered that the campaign should be fought, and expressed the hope that the. contest would lie fought in a fair and honorable spirit. They emphasised the fact that the Labor forces of New Zealand bad heermt" organised in a thorough and efficient manner as a result of the conciliatory attitude I hat had recently been taken up by the prominent Labor organisations of the dni minion. They outlined the methods of \ campaign, which, they said, was likely ! in be carried out enthusiastically by the j party. The issue was looked forward to with* confidence.
At the invitation of the chairman, Air J. T. dobnson, the Liberal candidate for Dunedin West, briefly addressed the meeting. He assured the Labor party oi (he hearty support by the Liberal electors of their candidates, and said that it rested entirely with them whether Liberal addresses were delivered in the electorale> which they were contesting. The understanding between the parties would be strictly adhered to, and he had no doubt of the ultimate success ot the election from the progressive. standpoint. Mr Johnson, on resuming his seat, was accorded a hearty round of applause. Tile following resolution was carried unanimously at the close of the meeting :
“ That those present form themselves into a general committee for the purpose of securing the return of the selected Labor candidates for Dunedin North mid Dunedin Central —Alossrs A. Walker and I. W. Alunro.”
THE LIBERAL-LABOR. ALU AN CE, the, probability of a. division in the v./.o which mat’ be polled against Air J. 11. Bradney, ALP., the Government candidate, in the contest tor Auckland West at the coming elections, has resulted in the withdrawal of Air Paul Richardson, who announced some weeks ago that he would be a candidate for the seat in The Labor interest (says the ‘Herald’). The position has been discussed by the Opposition candidate (Mr (’. H. Poole), and Ah Richard son, and the latter has conferred with representatives of the various trades unions in Auckland. Decision in the matter v. as rea-chcd by a further conference of trades union officials, at which both candidates were present. As Air Poole was not prepared i > withdraw his candidature. Ah Richardson announced that he would retire in favor of the Opposition candidate. Thin arrangement was nnauininnsiv .-re
dorsed hy the meeting, ami it xvu* agree,l that tho supporters of the Opposition ami of the. Labor party should unite in the campaign. Air Thomas Gresham is also a. e.andida.to for the seat as a supporter of the Opposit ion.
The ‘AATiimate. Advertiser’ learns Dial the AVaitaki Libera-l Executive are, in receipt of Mr John Kelly's consent, to .'l,and for the AVaita-ki electorate. Air Kelly is a brother of Die Rev. .Hugh Kelly (formerly minister of Knox Church, AA'aimatei. and is at present head master of ih” AAestoo School, Otago.
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THE GENERAL ELECTION, Evening Star, Issue 15637, 30 October 1914