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LIBERAL FARMER CANDIDATE.

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LIBERAL FARMER CANDIDATE. Gloucester Farmers' Union and Their Chairman. At a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Gloucestershire Farmers' Union, held at Gloucester on Saturday, the subject of the prospective Liberal candidature of Mr William Pearce Ellis (Maisemore) for the South Worcestershire (Evesbam) Division, and his tendered resignation of the chair- manship of the union in consequence, was discussed. At the previous meeting, when. Mr Elliss' resignation was announced, it was proposed that he be asked to continue in the chair, and there was a further motion that the Union should dissociate themselves from Mr Ellis's action in xegard to the Evesham division, the present member for which, Mr B M Eyres-Monsell, was described as one of the best friends to agriculture whom farmers bad in the House of Commons. Mr Ellis read a letter which he wrote on May 1 to the secretary of the union (Mr G Evans), in which after intimating that he had asked the vice-chairman (Mr T M Trevethan) to take the chair at the next meeting of the executive, he stated One of the fundamental principles of our union is that party politics shall not be brought into the counsels of the union; an organisation such as OlJfS could not exist on any other basis. My name is likely to be brought forward as a "Liberal farmer" candidate foraneighbouring Parliamentary division, and under the circumstances Icon- eider it my duty to resign the chairmanship of the Gloucestershire Farmers' Union. I feel sure the committee will agree with me that this is the right course to adopt. My hearty good wishesforthecontinued success of the union, and although I am compelled to resign office, I certainly do not intend to resign membership, but to do all I can to make it a real live power in the agricul- tural world. MR EYRES-MONSELL'S SUPPORTERS. Mr P W Bicknell, of Blackpole Farm, secret- ary of the Worcestershire branch of theN ational Farmers' Union, wrote by direction of the emergency committee of the county executive, forwarding copy of a letter which he had been instructed to communicate to the press on the subject, and asking the secretary of the Gloucestershire Union to convey the opinion of the Worcester branch on the subject of Mr Pearce Ellis's candidature to the committee when they met to consider ;his resignation. The letter proceeded. I should be glad if you would point out that Mr Pearce Ellis is regarded in this county with no ordinary esteem and with not a little gratitude, and in most circum- stances it would be our wish that any undertaking on which he embarked might be crowned with success. The circum- stances of the case, however, made it imposible for us to view with equanimity his proposed activities in the Evesham division. Many of our members are and have been strong supporters of the sitting member in that division, and they do not feel that be has forfeited their confidence, and we are bound to tell you that in our opinion this is not a venture which the chairman of the Gloucester Farmers' Union could undertake without incurring grave risk of wrecking the union in thiq.county. It is with the greatest diffidebce that we put our views before you. We would not wish to seem in any way to interfere in your affairs, but in view of the fact that the area of operations is situated in our county we feel confident that you will give our expressed opinion every conside- ration. Mr E Garlick proposed a vote of thanks -to Mr Ellis for his conduct as chairman of the union d urittg the past six months. He said Mr Ellis had fully justified the con- fidence reposed in him, and should the electors of South Worcestershire send him to Parliament he hoped he would never forget the interests and honour of the Gloucester Farmers' Union. Mr F Minett seconded, and the vote of thanks was passed unanimously. Mr W F Ing moved that Mr Ellis be aske I to reconsider his resignation. He said that no one present had done so much for the union as Mr Ellis had done, and they could retain him as chairman independ- ent of his politics. Mr F W Comeley seconded. As an amendment, Mr A R Littleton pro- posed that Mr Ellis's resignation be accepted with thanks for his past services. He said that when a man sought the suffrages of a constituency in the interests of a political party, no matter to what party he belonged, he was not a fit and proper person to conduct a non-party organisation like the Gloucestershire Farmers' Union. (Applause). Mr B Read,' in seconding the amendment, said they had to put aside personal con- siderations, and decide what was best for the union, and he felt with regret that they had no alternative in the circumstances but to accept Mr Ellis's resignation. Mr Ellis had been tha backbone of the union in Gloucestershire, and he hoped the organisa- tion would continue to have the advantage of his assistance. I Mr Nicholas Harris saw no reason why Mr Ellis should retire from the chair. "A DIRECT INSULT." -1 Mr Pearce Ellis, in reply, said he had hoped the matter would have been allowed to rest, with the vote of thanks which had been accorded him. He had resigned the chairmanship, and there was no necessity for either the proposition asking him to re- consider his decision or for the amendment. Mr Ellis commented on the fact that, although he tendered his resignation of the chairmanship of the union on May 1, the Chipping Sodbury branch on May 19 passed a resolution asking him to resign, and said he took that as a direct insult. He wished to do all be* possiby could to put things right, so far as the Farmers' Union was ,concerned. One of the fundamental principles of the union was that party politics should not be introduced into its affairs, and he resigned the chairmanship with the idea of keeping party politics out. The amendment that Mr Ellis's resigna- tion of the chairmanship of the union be accepted having been carried by an over- whelming majority, Mr Ellis left the chair. Mr Trevethan was elected chairman for thfe remainder of the year.

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