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The Recommendation of the…


The Recommendation of the Executive. On Tuesday the Liberal executive, which coa sists of twenty-four delegates from the six con stituent Borough Associations, met at Newtown Twenty-one of the delegates were present, and the chair was taken by the Rev. T. E. Williams, New- town. One of the absent delegates, in the course of a letter apologising for his inability to attend, remarked-" I am surprised that Sir J. D. Rees was so long finding out he was a Conservative; I could have told him that eighteen months ago." The Hon. Secretary (Mr W. P. Phillips) sub- mitted for consideration the letter addressed by Sir John D. Rees to Mr Hugh Lewis, the chairman of the Boroughs' Liberal Association, a copy of which appeared in last week's Express." The meeting at once agreed to take the letter as read, and after acceptance of his resignation, it was formally moved and carried that the Borough Member ba thanked for his past services. Following this the Hon. Secretary delivered an explanatory statement regarding c mmunica- tions he had received from various civilisations and individuals, and ateo interviews wit.! wtain gentlemen relative to a Liberal candidate. Xitur- ally the name of Mr Hugh Lewis readily occurre to the Liberal party, by reason of the splendii services which that gentleman has long rendered to the cause in these Boroughs. Mr Lewis immediately rose and said he wa grateful to bis many friends for the kind expres- sions which they had used in asking him to come forward as the candidate. He had thought the matter over carefully, and he regretted that he must decline the honour. He found that the ties of home life and business and the many offices he held in connection with the county were too strong to be lightly put aside. The duties of a member of Parliament were very arduous, and he did not think his health would stand the strain. He fully appreciated the kindness of his friends in saying that he had the first claim, and was grateful for it. as an appreciation of his work in the county and for Liberalism, which had been for him a labour of love. Mr Richard Rees, Machynlleth, said he was sorry to hear Mr Lewis's statement. Not only politicians, but the ratepayers generally, were in- debted to Mr Lewis for the work he had accom- plished. He undoubtedly had the first claim upon the seat. Mr J. Pryce Jones, Welshpool, also endorsed this view. Mr T. Edwards, Llanfyllin, announced that his local association had placed Mr Lewis first on the list of possible condidates, but they felt the enor- mous difficulty there would be in getting on with- out his services in local government and other work. Mr William Ashton said Llanidloea wer strongly in favour of Mr Lewis. He had stood by them faithfully in troublous times, especially in the times of the education revolt. Mr T. R. Morgan, Machynlleth, and the Chair- man also expressed warm appreciation of Mr Lewis's work. The name of Mr Ed warti.Tones, Maesmawr Hall, wa3 also mentioned, but that gentleman, it was reported, considered Mr Hugh Lewis had a prior claim to all otaers, and for that reason chiefly he could not allow himself to be voted upon. There were, we understand, a considerable number of gentlemen prepared to accept the candidature, and the voting of the Executive resulted as follows: Mr A. E. O. Hamphreys-owen, Glan- severn 21 Mr Clement Davies, barrister, Llan- fyllin 9 Mr Arnold Herbert. 5 It will be seen that Mr Humphreys-Owen re- ceived the vote of every delegate present, and the announcement was greeted with great enthusiasm. Mr Arnold Herbert, it may be stated, was mem- ber of Parliament for South Bucks for 1906 till 1910. He ia the grandson of the late Mr Thomas Hinshall, of Oswestry, and a property owner at Llanrhaiadr, where he has a shooting box. Among other gentlemen willing to stand were Mr Artemus Jones, b&rriater, and Mr Cecil Harma- worth. The Executive thereafter resolved to subrait, these three names to each of the six Borough Associations, and to meet on Wednesday te re- asivethe result of that reference. On Tuesday evening these Associations met, aod amidst a remarkable demonstration of enthu- siasm every one of them recommended the I candidature of Mr Hamphreys-Owen. Recommendation of Mr Humphreys-Owen. On Wednesday the Executive again assembled at Newtown and received the district Associations reports, after which they came before a second meeting of the delegates held in the Victoria Hall, under the presidency of Mr Hugh Lewis. The proceedings had just started when Mr Humphreya-Owen entered the hall. His appear- ance was the signal for a great demonstration of cheering. The audience rose to a man and cheered enthusiastically as the young Liberal champion walked to the front and took a seat beside the Chairman. The Hon Secretary thereafter read the report and recommendation of the Executive as follows: Tour Executive have to report that they held a meeting yesterday, at which a letter from the Borough Member was presented. It announced his withdrawal from the Liberal Party, and there- fore from the candidature of the Liberals of the Montgomery Boroughs (hear, hear, and applause). "It was decided to accept the resignation, and to thank Sir John for bis past services (hear, hear). Ifter considerable deliberation your Execu- tive chose three names from a list submitted to them by the Hon. Secretary, and also names sug- gested by members of the Executive, and directed that they should be placed before meetings of the six local Liberal Associations the same evening. The names were- Mr A. E. Humphreys-Owen. Mr Clement Davies. Mr Arnold Herbert. (Applause). "Mr Hugh Lewis and Mr Edward Jones- (cheers)-had declined to be nominated, thus making the work of your Executive much easier Considering the claim-the paramount claim —of Mr Hugh Lewis—(hear, hear)—to the prior nomination to be our candidate, we desire to place on record our high appreciation of his unselfish action in withdrawing his name from nomination. and thus placing the Liberal Party in these Bor- oughs under still greater obligation (loud cheers). The delegates of the various associations having reported this morning to the Executive the results of the meetings, your Executive now recommend to the Association the adoption of Mr Humphreys-Owen as the candidate to contest these Boroughs in the Liberal interest at the forthcoming election" (hear, hear, loud and pro- longed cheering). Mr Hugh Lewis' Thanks. The Chairman: I feel very much touched by the kind way in which the Executive Committee have spoken of my services to Liberalism in the past. f can assure you I was very much touched by the strong wishes of many people that I should allow my name to be brought forward before the Association as their candidate, and I very care- fully considered the matter before coming to a decision. I, however, considered the claims of home, and the claims of my business, and my various connections with the county, and the many offices I hold under the County Council- (hear, hear)—were bonds too strong to be lightly broken. I also felt that my health was not quite strong enough to stand the strain of the work devolving upon a member of Parliament. Of course, we all know that these duties are much more arduous than they were a few years ago, and demand the giving up of one's whole time in order to be a satisfactory member. Taking all these things into consideration, while deeply touched by your kindness, I thought it was my duty not to allow my name to be brought forward. A LCCAL MAN. I am delighted that we have got a local man (applause). If we had not succeeded in getting a local man to fight our cause, I think I should have broken those strong bonds—(applause)—and placed my services as a local man at your disposal (hear, hear). Mr Humphreys-Owen has done very good work during the last few years in our county, in which he bears an honoured name (hear, hear, and cheers). For no man did I have a greater respect than for the late Mr Humphreys- Owen. I had the honour and pleasure of working with him. He, in fact, brought me into public life. When I left Cambridge after taking my degree, and came home to live in Montgomery- shire, the late Mr Humphreys-Owen insisted upon my taking the Presidency of the Llangurig Liberal Association. That was my first introduction to public life and Liberalism in this county. During the whole time he sat on the Council I was one of his most constant supporters (hear, hear). I was elected on the first Council and had the honour of sitting under his chairmanship for a great many years, and we all know how much revered and venerated he was in this county, and how he gave his life up for it (cheers). It was the desire to serve the people of this county that shortened the years of his life—(hear, hear)—and we rejoice to think his son is now going to take his place, and which I hope he will worthily fill (cheers). I trust he will buckle to and show that he is A REAL CHIP OF THE OLD BLOCK (hear, hpar). He will have a glorious opportunity, and from my experience of him I know that he will avail himself of it. I have known him since he was a small child. We have hunted together since he was a small boy led by his groom, and we have been friends ever since. Now that we are in the battle we shall rally round him If we all do that we shall return him as our representative (cries of We will," and cheers). I don't think we have any reason to fear that he will turn round or turn his coat—(hear, bear)-and if he is not elected he will not go away and desert us entirely as others have done (applause). I am very glad to see sach a large meeting despite the inclement weather. It augurs well for the future, and if we take our coats off and work for the next week or two, we shall put Mr Humphreys-Owen at the head of the poll (cheers). I am not satisfied with a measly 13; we should make it 130 (hear, hear). We have a splendid battle cry. We have now come to grips with our hereditary foe. The House of Lords has been the stumbling block in our path for generations, and now we have the opportunity to remove it. Even our friends on the other side cannot say a word for the Lords now. They have given up the hereditary principle and the power of finance, and they are promising to surrender all we want Per- sonally, I am not quite sure whether the proposals brought forward quite meet the situation. (Mr Humphreys-Owen: Not at all." Hear, hear, and cheers). No doubt there is a strong profession to surrender, and now we are attacking a flying foe, and like cavalry in the rear, we should completely annihilate them (cheers). TELEGRAM FROM MR CLEMENT DAVIES. The Hon. Secretary read the following telegram received from Mr Clement Daviefl Please convey to meeting of the Association my sincere apologies for my inability to attend Newtown to-day. It was with extreme regret that I was compelled to leave Llanfyllin last night to attencf the Court of Appeal in London to- day. I leave myself entirely in the hand3 of the Association. Should the Association select me to do battle for our cause, my whole endeavour will be used to retain the seat, and having retained it, to do all that lies in my power to truly repre- sent the interests of Montgomeryshire, and to use every effort to obtain the consummation of Liberal ideals for which we have so long fought (loud cheers). If, however, the choice fall upon Mr Humphreys-Owen, I should deem it my pleasant duty to fight strenuously for him in order to secure the seat for the noble cause of Liberalism (cheers). The Chairman: I omitted to mention that the reports received by the Executive this morning from all the constituent Boroughs were unani. mous for the selection of Mr Humphreys-Owen (cheers),

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