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PRESTON ELECTION.

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PRESTON ELECTION. RETURN OIA THE CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATE. Polling for the election of a representative to the vacancy at Preston caused by the appointment of Sir J. Holker, Q.C., to the Judicial Bench on the death of Lord Justice Lush, opened on Thurs- day morning, votes being rapidly recorded for some time. However, in the afternoon there Was very little excitement, and but few voters put in an appearance at the various polling booths. The result of the poll was declared at eight o'clock as follows:— The Hon. Cecil Raikes (C.) 6,045 Mr. Simpson (L.) 4,212 Majority for Raikes 1,833 The representation, therefore, remains unchanged, notwithstanding the strenuous exertions of the local leaders of the Liberal party to secure the return of the labour candidate," Mr. Simpson, whose claims to the support of the constituency were also urged by Mr. Broadhurst, M.P., and Sir Wilfrid IVawson, M.P. The borough has been re- presented by two Conservatives since July, 1865. In 1880 the electors numbered 14,249. A large number of men from Liverpool were engaged bringing Mr. Simpson's voters to the poll, and private detectives were employed to detect, if possible, any corrupt practices on the part of the Conservatives. T When the result of the poll was declared shortiv- after eight o'clock the crowds who blocked the principal thoroughfare set up deafening cheers. Mr. Raikes addressed his supporters at the Con- servative Working Men's Club and Central Conservative Club. He said the contest had been a very extraordinary one. They had to fight a candidate who, when the working men refused him, was adopted by the Liberal party, and they might, clearly regard the victory as'a party one. Mr. Simpson spoke from the" Bull Hotel, stating that though he had lost the battle, he had won a great moral victory. The Hon. Henry Cecil Raikes is the eldest son of the late Mr. Henry Raikes, of Llwynegrin, Flint- shire, by Lucy Charlotte, youngest daughter of the Yen. Francis Wrangham, F.R.S., Archdeacon of the East Riding of York. He is a grandson of tlieRev. Henry Raikes, for many years Chancellor of the Diocese of Chester. He was born at the Deanery, Chester, in 1838, and was married in 1861 to Charlotte Blanche, fourth daughter of Mr. C. B. Trevor Rbper, of PlasfcTeg. He was educated at Shrewsbury School, aid at Trinity College, Cam- bridge, of which he was elected a scholar in 1859, graduated (second class in classics) 1860; M.A. 1863; and was called to the bar at the Middle Temple in 1863. He is a magistrate for Cheshire and Flintshire; also a deputy- lieutenant of Flintshire. He sat for Chester from November, 1868, until the last general election, in April, 1880, when he was defeated by the Rii'ht. Hon. J- G. Dodson.. In March, 1874, he was appointed Chairman of Ways and Means and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, was chairman of the Council of Conservative »d Con- stitutional Associations from 1867 to 1875, and chairman of the committee of the Church institu- tion from 1868 to 1874. lie is a 11 Constitutional Reformer," and opposed to any encroachment upon the union of Church and State.

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