§ The Election Petition for the Monmouth Boroughs.
§ The Corrupt and Illegal Practices Prevention Acts, 1854–1895.
§ To the Right Honourable the Speaker of the House of Commons.
§ We, Sir William Raun Kennedy and Sir Charles John Darling, Judges of the High Court of Justice, and two of the Judges on the rota for the time being for the trial of Election Petitions in England and Wales, do hereby certify, in pursuance of the said Acts, that, upon the 29th and 30th days of March and 1st and 2nd days of April of this year, we duly held a Court at the Town Hall, Newport, Monmouth, for the trial of, and did try, the Election Petition for the Monmouth Boroughs between Thomas Embrey and Christopher Sweeting, Petitioners, and Frederick Rutherfoord Harris, Respondent.
§ And, in further pursuance of the said Acts, we report that at the conclusion of the said trial we determined that the said Frederick Rutherfoord Harris, being the Member whose Election and return were complained of in the said Petition, was not duly elected and returned, and that the Election was void on the ground of illegal practices by the said Frederick Rutherfoord Harris and by his agent; and we do hereby certify in writing such our determination to you.
- (1) That an illegal practice was proved to have been committed by the said Frederick Rutherfoord Harris, in that he during the said Election, for the purpose of effecting the return of a candidate at such Election, made and published false statements of fact in relation to the personal character and conduct of such candidate.
- (2) That the following persons were proved guilty of illegal practices, namely:
- Frederick Rutherfoord Harris,
- Henry Longstaff,
- Reginald Bath Cleaver,
- Thomas Jeke.
§ A copy of the evidence and of our Judgment, taken by the deputies of the shorthand writer of the House of Commons, accompanies this certificate.
§ Dated this 22nd day of April, 1901.
§ WILLIAM RANN KENNEDY.
§ CHARLES DARLING.