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Sir J. Herbert Roberts, Bart.,…


Sir J. Herbert Roberts, Bart., M.P. VISIT TO COLWYN BAY LIBERAL CLUB. WALES AND THE ELECTION SIGNI- FICANT SPEECH. The popular member for West Denbigh- shire, who has again experienced the pleasure of being returned unopposed, paid a very welcome visit to the Colwyn Bay Liberal Club, at a late hour on Friday night, and was given a most cordial and enthusiastic reception. The hon. baronet arrived while the members were in the throves of a most exciting mock election, the billiard room being crowded to overflowing, and he listened with evident interest to the speeches of some of the budding politicians. Mr Blackwall presided over the heated cis- cussion. After the polling, the successful candidate, Mr S. Glynne Jones (President of the Liberal Association I, extended a welcome to their member in a very appropriate speech. Mr Glynne Jones, in the course of his re- marks, said that they were delighted to have Sir Herbert in their midst. He had come there straight fiom London, and they all ap- preciated his visit very much. No doubt, Sir Heibert would be very pleased in what he had seen and heard at that meeting, in which such a high standard of public ?p< ak- ing had been maintained from the- "cry cut- set, a fact which argued well for the yourg Liberals of Colwyn Bay. THE CLAIMS OF WALES. Sir Herbert Roberts, who was accorded another ovation on rising, said it was quite true he had came from London that after- noon, and it is also true that he went up there that morning, so that he had been in the train pretty well all day. He was very anxious that the last shot in the great battle should not have been fired without his hav- ing the pleasure of meeting them at Colwyn Bay face to face. That was the reason why he was desirous of being present at that meeting that night. Let him congratulate them upon that excellent debate. He en- tirr-lv endorsed the words spoken by Mr Glynne Jones on the very high standard of debating after the splendid speeches he had heard. He, personally, felt very highly en- couraged and proud that he had the honour of representing a constituency with such promising material within its Liberal Association. 'He had every faith that if ever there was fighting to be done, there were plenty of exponents of their faith in that room to carry the torch of Liberalism throughout the constituency (hear, hear). Mr Glynne Jones had referred to the necessity of improving their organisation in Colwyn Bay through 11 that Association, and he would like to emphasize that point. They had bût 7 had a fight on that occasion. 7ie did not know whether he regretted it. On personal grounds, he was very glad to be relieved of the necessity of going around the constitu- ency, but he was quite prepared for the battle (hear, hear). There was something n the air which told him that if he had been called out he would have had the loyal sup- port of all his many friends there-(-hear, hear)--and that they would give a good ac- count of themselves in the fight. However, that was past. But he feit very "tron ly the need to keep working with their crganisation there. In the first place, they worked to in- crease their membership. He had often had an idea that they should have a Liberal Three Hundred at Colwyn Bay (hear, hear). It was not beyond the possibilities of the near future that they should have a living. active Liberal Three Hundred for Colwyn Bav And not only must they increase their membership, but they must go on with the <xce!'ent work of educating and enlightening public opinion in the district upon Liberal principles. Personally, he felt there was very much more in that than some of them realised. It was not what they did iust be- fore the day of the poll that won an election Ihear, hear). One of the factors which materially strengthened their forces and won such a grand victory last January, was the fact that foi twelve months, or more, before the event, that Association had been working for the maintenance of the Liberal faith. That was still the best way in which to in- fluence the minds and hearts of the people, and to ensure the Liberal triumph. He should like to say a word in reference to the remarkable election which was draw- c ing to a close. He was very pleased with the results which the Liberal Party had achieved (hear, hear). Perhaps he was even more pleased than they were, for he had opportun- ities, In London and the House of omnions, of appreciating the strength of the forces arrayed against them. The outstanding fact of the election was that the country had stood true to its Liberal faith, and had re- turned the same, or perhaps a greater majority, than on the prevtous occasion. 'i li at j was a singular tribute to the Liberalism of the United Kingdom, and it also showed that what they had laid their hands to do was going to be done (applausel, WHY AN ELECTION? A question that had often been asked by their opponents during this campaign was, why was it necessary to have this election? Well, no one with any experience of the lite of the House of Commons would ask that question They did not need an election, from the standpoint of the House of Com mons, but they knew very well what it neant. It meant an expenditure of nearly two mil- lions of money. It meant dislocation oi trade. It meant the bringing into operation of certain influences which the Liberal Party hoped very soon to make impossible (hear, hear). What he wanted to drive home that night, was, that Mr. Asquith, as Prime Miu- ister, would never have dissolved Parliament unless it was absolutely necessary to uo ro. HeThad taken the patriotic and only course, and the vedrict of the country was going in his favour. What about the future? What about the results of this election? In his judgment this election would be momentous in its influence upon their party It had done something to enable Liberalism to arise and walk as a power for good in the life of the nation (hear, hear). He thanked them and all his sup- porters throughout the division, for again giving him that measure of confidence which had been the means of enabling him to be a Member of Parliament which would be memorable in the history ot the country (hear, hear). He was not going into any de. 0. -1 tails, but ne warned, in one ur LWIL) sentences, to outline what would be the immediate work of the Liberal majority in the House of Com iiio,is. In the first place, the immediate and esentjal task would be to destroy, once and for all, the absolute 'Veto of the House. of Lords (applause). That would be done (cheers). After that, his own personal view was, and he would exert whatever influence he could in that direction, was that it was the duty of the Liberal Government to deal with the electoral law (hear, hear) that machine, that instrument by which Parlia- ments were elected, and to do away with those things which made it difficult, or even impossible in some cases, for them to arrive at the true views of the great masses of the population. There must be abolition of the plural vote there must be a law to make it necessary for all elections to be held in one or two days and, in the third place, a law, which he thought would receive a substan- tial support on bCf.h sides of the House of Commons, to shut all licensed premises on election days (applause). Having done that, having cleared the way, having taken these things which had clogged the wheel of our electoral machine, and pre- vented it from working harmoniously and rapidly for so many years, then they would proceed to the essential measures which made this election really important to Welshmen and to Wales. He had said it hundreds of times, and he would say it again, that, however unjust the present position of affairs" was to English Liberal- ism, it was much more unjust to Welsh Liberalism. Why? Because in Wales they did not recognise the swing of the pendu- lum. There was none of that vacilation from one side to the other. From the mo- ment the people of Wales had been given the opportunity of voting through the ballot, there had been returned, since 1868, at every General Elecftion. an overwhelming majori- ty of Liberal members (hear, hear). The j case in England was different, and ther fore he said that, however important tl present election was to the people < England, it was more so to the people < Wales. Another point which made thi election memorable to Wales was the fa( that the inspiring and dominating genius i the election was their countryman, Mi Lloyd George—(cheers)—the greatest Welsh man of the age; and one whose spirit an< personality was the main foundation upoi which the results of this election had bee! achieved. Lastly, there were many measure: of special interest to Wales which the) hoped to secure through the destruction o: ithe absolute veto. He conifidently hoped that after long years of waiting they, ir W ales, would reap a rich and abundant harvest and reward as a result of this memorable victor}'. He was very glad tc have that opportunity of meeting again his political supporters, and he assured them, from the bottom of his heart, that whatever he could do on behalf of Wales and West Denbighshire in the House of Commons, that service would be readily and proudly ren- dered (applause). fr. J. Crompton proposed a vote of thanks to Sir Herbert Roberts. This was seconded by Mr. Gwilym Rowland, and carried with great heartiness, and the popular Member responded in Welsh. Sir Herbert then leit by motor car for Bryrgwenallt, amid rousing cheers.

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