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THE PARLIAMENTARY REPRE- SENTATION OF BARRY. A REMARK made by one of the speakers on the occasion of the dinner given last week to the members of the Barry and Cadoxton Conser- vative Club and Institute calls, perhaps, for a passing reference. Mr Lloyd Lougher stated that the number of electors in the Barry polling district alone at present was consider- ably in excess of several divisions in the United Kingdom which returned members to Parliament on their own account. This naturally leads us to the conclusion that the day is not far distant when the claims of Barry to separate representation in the Imperial Chamber should receive serious con- sideration, and we are inclined to think the representatives of both political parties in this part of the division would be fully justified in taking up the question and agitating for a realisation of this new phase of equal representation of the electorate of South Glamorgan. LABOUR REPRESENTATION IN THE BARRY DISTRICT. ALLEGED BOGUS MEMBERS OF THE TRADES' COUNCIL AND BURIAL BOARD. THE proceedings connected with the last meeting of the Barry Trades' and Labour Council revealed a most extraordinary-and, we may add, equally discreditable-state of things in connection with labour representa- tion in the district. Our readers will re- member that some months ago letters appeared in the correspondence columns of the Barry Dock News, signed by a former official of that body, implying most distinctly that much in connection with the Council was rottenness to the core." We claim we have faithfully stood by the cause of labour in the Barry district ever since the first step in the direction of organisation was taken at Cadoxton mere than five years ago, and during the existence of that younger body, y C, the Trades' Council, we have with equal fidelity worked side by side with its members in assisting to promote the well-being of the working community in our midst. Our position this week, therefore, is, we assert ) with confidence, beyond a shadow of suspicion. We are anxious and determined that, so far as any influence we are able to exercise is concerned, the Trades' Council shall be purged of any element of irregularity and inconsistency in whatever form it may appear At the last meeting allegations of a most serious nature were made by Mr C. A. Makepeace, in his capacity as president of the Barry branch of the Railway Servants' Society. These allegations implied that for some time past the branch named has been represented on the Council by what we distinctly state to be bogus members, and one of these members has, in virtue of his position as member of the Trades' Council, since been nominated and elected a member of the local Burial Board. The Trades' Council, and its ex-president in particular, committed a serious mistake when they attempted last week to hush up this very serious state of things. It would have been far more dignified and honourable on their part had they faced the difficulty manfully, and taken prompt steps to apply a remedy which would show that the general body of members were determined that the constitu- tion of the Council should be healthfully supplied. Mi- Makepeace brought a direct charge of prostitution of the credit of the Council, and added that Mr Shepherd, the secretary of the railwaymen, who supplied the bogus credentials referred to, had actually admitted to his society that the state of things was such as was alleged. Notwith- standing this, not a single member of the Council present on the occasion had the caurage to attempt a denial, but, rather, the Council steeped its hands more deeply still in the element of bogus representation by electing one of the alleged bogus members as well as the putative author of the blunder to positions of official confidence at the same meeting. The member in question is not, we fear, the only so-called labour member of the Burial Board who has secured a seat on that body this year in an irregular way, another delegate of the Council having been elected while he was fully aware that he was not at the time a bona-fuie representative oi the society of which he was the apparent delegate. Members of the Trades' Council may be ambitious to obtain seats on the i public bodies of the district. Their ambition, we say, is an entirely iustifiable one, as the working classes-which form a vastly pre- ponderating proportion of the population— are entitled, if they choose, to direct re presentation but unless the election of labour members is conducted upon a firm, honest, and healthy basis we venture to predict the Council will very soon become utterly and deservedly lost to all confidence on the part of the electoral public. Mr Morgan Nicholas very readily challenged Mr Makepeace on a side issue, and attempted to justify his connection with the affair. To our mind it does not signify one straw whether Mr Nicholas was, or was not, a party to the intrigue J of which he is the unhappy victim. The position is simply this-were Mr Morgan Nicholas and Mr Aaron Williams duly elected members of the Trades' Council last year by the society they were suppose to represent, or were they, as alleged, simply nominees of the secretary 1 if the former be the case, then Mr Nicholas is a bona fide labour member of the Burial Board but if not, and if Mr Makepeace's assertions are correct-zi and they have yet to be contradicted-then Mr Nicholas was not a delegate of the Rail- waymen's Society, and we would advise him in vindication of his own honour, and in pro- tection of the integrity of the Trades' Council and the cause of labour in general, to resign his seat on the Burial Board and again submit himself for nomination as a constitutionally appointed delegate of his society.

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