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I CAPT. CLIVE, M.P., AT LEDBURY.

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COMING GENERAL ELECTION.-

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COMING GENERAL ELECTION. Radieal Forecast of the Result. The Standard" is informed on the best authority that the organisers of the Radical party have now handed to Mr Illingworth, the Chief Whip, a statement regarding their prospects should a General Election take place within the next two months. The tenor of this report is interesting, because it will, no doubt, largely influence the Govern- ment in their decision as to the date of the appeal to the country, which can scarcely be long delayed. In the view of these organisers Ministerialists, on an immediate General Election, will win 35 seats and lose 28. That result is calculated on two assumptions-viz., that an understanding is arranged with the Labour party to prevent three-cornered contests;. and that an aggressive Radical policy on An army plot to thwart the aspirations of the. democracy is carried out. How Mr Asquith, in his capacity as War Secretary, could fall in. with so cold-blooded a plan of misrepresentation of the situation as it stauds at present is not clear. The report contains notes on the position. They regard Oxfordshire, Wilts., Berks., and Somerset as forlorn hopes, while the eastepu counties are expected to show some gains. Little hope is expressed for the Midland Counties, excepting possible gains at Crewe, North-East Derby, and West Bromwich. In the six northern counties they have ear- marked Holderaess, Whitby, and Ripon in Yorkshire; and North Lonsdale, Darwen, Southport, and Newton in Lancashire. We must wait and see."