Skip to main content
Hide Articles List

13 articles on this Page




BARRY LIBERAL AND RADICAL ASSOCIATION. THE QUESTION OF CONTESTING LOCAL ELECTIONS ON PARTY LINES. RECOMMENDATION OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. The general meeting of the Barry Liberal and Radical Association was held at the Dolphin Restaurant, Barry Dock, on Saturday evening last, Mr G. S. Travtrs (the president) in the chair. There were also present the Rev W. Williams, Councillor David Morgan, and Messrs W. Graham, J. Beynon, J. E. Wensley (sec- retary), T. Thomas, K. T. Evans, Tom Evans, F. Stephens, W. Tame, W. J. Flowers, Griffiths, &c. The principal matter for discussion on the agenda was a recommendation from the Execu- tive Committee re the Standing Orders:- "That a special meeting of the Association be called at least two months prior to any local election to consider the aspect and take what steps they consider necessary for such election." The Executive Committee also recommended the Association, in contesting elections, "to nominate a fair proportion of bona fide working men candidates." The President, in introducing these recom- mendations, said they weie not the result of any hurried decision on the part of the Executive. Two Executive meetings bad been held, and a considerable time spent in consider- ing them. Councillor D. Morgan proposed that the recommendations be adopted. Mr Tom Evans seconded. Rev W. Williams asked if the recommenda- tions could be adopted without rescinding the resolution which was passed at the last meeting to the effect that they were not to fight local elections on party lines ? The Chairman said that in moving the reso- lution it was not the intention of the committee to debar the Association at any time from running a candidate if they thought necessary. Mr Tom Evans said the resolution that was carried at the last general meeting put the Executive in a very peculiar hole. The pro- poser of that resolution was also in a hole at the Executive meeting, and failed to see his way out of ih. The resolution, as passed, would leave it an open question, and the Association could take what steps they thought it. He thought the Association would find they bad made a great mistake, and would be glad of an opportunity to re-trace their steps at the next general meeting. The Chairman said Mr Evans bad given a wrong impression. The principal idea in forming the recommendation was that, if the meeting was called two months before any election, they could then determine upon what steps to take. Mr T. Thomas said he failed to see the utility of adopting a recommendation which practically contained, only a less democratic Ir,anner, all the elements embodied in the Standing Order rescinded at the previous meeting. The re- commendation appeared to him retrogressive in character, inasmuch as no mention was made of .Ward Committees-the committees empowered, under the Standing Order just eliminated, to first select candidates for approval to the Asso- ciation. Regarding the time for calling a special meeting to select candidates, he con- sidered two months too limited, as in most cases gentlemen who intended seeking public honours made known their intentions for a period ex- tending over two months; hence the probability of the nominee of the- Association having: to oppose a Liberal already known to be in the field. He therefore suggested, if the recommendation was adopted, that the words two months be substituted by the words "Early in January." Mr T. Evans was of opinion that the most democratic principle was for the Association to put forward its own candidates, and not for candidates to come into the field themselves. Mr Beynon (Barry Island) asked whether the Conservatives bad expressed any opinion as to the advisability of contesting elections on party lines. The Chairman: They generally do so, but never admit it. Mr W. Graham: I do not see how the Association can possibly adopt these recom- mendations. They are both a flat contradic- tion to the resolution passed at the last meeting. I am giving no secret away when ) say that at the last meeting of the Executive Mr Tom Evans said the Association had adopted a wrong policy. Mr Evans has told us to-night that this proposition is put forward to enable the Association to re-trace its steps. If they desired to contest auy ward, the wards were to be called together to nominate any candidatn, and it is for the Association to confit-ua the minutes of the last meeting or otherwise. If we adopt these recommendations, what differ- ence is there in our position now to what it was before ? I move, as an amendment, that the Association refer the whole matter back to the committee for re-considpratinin Rev W. Williams I second it. The resolu- tion is a little lax in its wording, and according to it nominations which were in the hands of the Association can be in anyone's hands. I think we are opening the way to putting our- selves in a similar predicament to that in which we were about six years ago. I am quite prepared to rescind the last resolution. Councillor Morgan proposed that both re- commendation and amendment be withdrawn, but after a little further discussion Mr Graham's amendment was carried.


[No title]

------MEN OF MARK.



[No title]





[No title]