HC Deb 17 June 1880 vol 253 cc176-7

Parliamentary Elections Act, 1868.

To the Rt. Honble.

The Speaker of the House of Commons.

We, the Honble. George Denman, and Sir Henry Lopes, knt., Judges for the trial of Election Petitions in England, do hereby, in pursuance of the said Act, certify that upon the 14th day of June 1880, and the two following days, we duly held a Court at Canterbury for the trial of, and did try, the Election Petition for the Borough of Canterbury between Henry Alexander Munro Butler Johnstone, Petitioner; and the Honble. Alfred Erskine Gathorne-Hardy, and Robert Peter Laurie, Respondents.

And, in further pursuance of the said Act, We certify that we determined that the said Respondents were not duly elected and returned, and that the said Election is void. And we hereby certify in writing such our determination to you.

And whereas charges were made in the said Petition of corrupt practices having been committed at the said Election, we, in further pursuance of the said Act, report in writing to you as follows:—

  1. 1. That no corrupt practice was proved to have been committed by or with the knowledge or consent of any Candidate at the said Election.
  2. 2. That the following persons were proved at the trial to have been guilty of corrupt practices, that is to say, of bribery at the said Election:—
  3. 3. That we have reason to believe that corrupt practices extensively prevailed at the Election to which the said Petition relates.

In witness whereof we hereunto set our hands this 16th day of June 1880.



And the said Certificate and Report were ordered to be entered in the Journals of this House.

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