HC Deb 12 May 1909 vol 4 cc1795-7

Sir A. ACLAND-HOOD (Chief Opposition Whip) moved: "That Mr. Speaker do issue his warrant to the Clerk of the Crown to make out a new writ for the election of a Member to serve in the present Parliament for the City of Edinburgh (West Division) in the room of Sir Lewis Mclver, Bart., who, since his election, has accepted the stewardship of the Manor of Northstead."

Question put.


May I ask whether it is necessary to press this to-day? It may be that one or two parties in the constituency desire to contest this election, and there has been no opportunity given to them. Surely, as a matter of courtesy to the other parties, this election should not be rushed in this manner. I ask that it should be delayed for at least a week in order to at least give the other parties time to consider what action should be taken.


I gave the ordinary twenty-four hours' notice which is customary in this House, and I believe even that notice is not legally necessary. Of course, if the House wishes that the Chief Whip of each Party is to give notice of the issue of a writ to the Whips of the Liberal party, the Irish party, the Labour party, and the other parties, that is a matter for consideration, but until we do come to that arrangement the hon. Member below the Gangway will agree that I have acted in the usual way, and perhaps, under the circumstances, he will withdraw his objection.


I was not complaining of lack of courtesy on the part of the Chief Whip of the Opposition, but the public outside have had no knowledge or intimation of the vacancy conveyed to them and, under the circumstances, I press my objection.


In a matter of this kind I have known at least one occasion on which an election was improperly rushed. It was the case of a former Chief Whip of the Tory Party when he accepted the stewardship of the Chiltern Hundreds. The very same day the writ was issued, I think for West Down, where his young hopeful came in without there being any opportunity or the slightest chance to contest the constituency. Constituencies ought not to be rushed either in favour of one party or the other, and they should have some voice in the selection.

Question put,

The House divided: Ayes, 139; Noes, 59.

Division No. 96.] AYES. [2.58 p.m.
Agar-Robartes, Hon. T. C. R. Greenwood, G. (Peterborough) Pearce, William (Limehouse)
Armitage, R. Hall, Frederick Pease, Herbert Pike (Darlington)
Ashley, W. W. Harcourt, Rt. Hon. L. (Rossendale) Pickersgill, Edward Hare
Baker, Sir John (Portsmouth) Harcourt, Robert V. (Montrose) Pirie, Duncan V.
Balcarres, Lord Harrison Broadley, H. B. Powell, Sir Francis Sharp
Barker, Sir John Hart-Davies, T. Priestley, W. E. B. (Bradford, E.)
Beach, Hon. Michael Hugh Hicks Harvey, W. E. (Derbyshire, N.E.) Pullar, Sir Robert
Beale, W. P. Hazel, Dr. A. E. W. Randles, Sir John Scurrah
Beauchamp, E. Heaton, John Henniker Rees, J. D.
Benn, W. (Tower Hamlets, St. Geo.) Hedges, A. Paget Remnant, James Farquharson
Bennett, E. N. Hemmerde, Edward George Rendall, Athelstan
Brace, William Herbert, T. Arnold (Wycombe) Renton, Leslie
Branch, James Higham, John Sharp Richards, Thomas (W. Monmouth)
Brigg, John Hill, Sir Clement Ridsdale, E. A.
Bright, J. A. Hobhouse, Charles E. H. Roberts, Sir J. H. (Denbighs)
Brotherton, Edward Allen Hooper, A. G. Robinson, S.
Burns, Rt. Hon. John Hope, James Fitzalan (Sheffield) Robson, Sir William Snowdon
Campbell, Rt. Hon. J. H. M. Hunt, Rowland Roch, Walter F. (Pembroke)
Carlile, E. Hildred Illingworth, Percy H. Rogers, F. E. Newman
Causton, Rt. Hon. Richard Knight Johnson, W. (Nuneaton) Rowlands, J.
Cawley, Sir Frederick Laidlaw, Robert Samuel, Rt. Hon. H. L. (Cleveland)
Cheetham, John Frederick Lambert, George Sandys, Col. Thos. Myles
Cherry, Rt. Hon. R. R. Lane-Fox, G. R. Seely, Colonel
Clark, George Smith Layland-Barrett, Sir Francis Shipman, Dr. John G.
Cleland, J. W. Lee, Arthur H. (Hants, Fareham) Soares, Ernest J.
Clough, William Leese, Sir Joseph F. (Accrington) Stanier, Beville
Compton-Rickett, Sir J. Lever, W. H. (Cheshire, Wirral) Strachey, Sir Edward
Corbett, C. H. (Sussex, E. Grinstead) Levy, Sir Maurice Taylor, Theodore C. (Radcliffe)
Cotton, Sir H. J. S. Lloyd-George, Rt. Hon. David Thomas, Sir A. (Glamorgan, E.)
Craik, Sir Henry Lonsdale, John Brownlee Thorne, G. R. (Wolverhampton)
Davies, Ellis William (Eifion) Lyell, Charles Henry Tomkinson, James
Davies, Timothy (Fulham) Macdonald, J. M. (Falkirk Burghs) Toulmin, George
Dewar, Arthur (Edinburgh, S.) Macnamara, Dr. Thomas J. Trevelyan, Charles Philips
Dewar, Sir J. A. (Inverness-sh.) M'Arthur, Charles Tuke, Sir John Batty
Dixon-Hartland, Sir Fred Dixon) M'Callum, John M. Ure, Rt. Hon. Alexander
Doughty, Sir George M'Kenna, Rt. Hon. Reginald Vivian, Henry
Douglas, Rt. Hon. A. Akers- M'Micking, Major G. Waring, Walter
Duckworth, Sir James Marks, H. H. (Kent) Wason, Rt. Hon. E. (Clackmannan)
Duncan, Robert (Lanark, Govan) Masterman, C. F. G. Wason, John Cathcart (Orkney)
Edwards, Enoch (Hanley) Menzies, Walter Whitley, John Henry (Halifax)
Erskine, David C. Molteno, Percy Alport Wilson, John (Durham, Mid)
Esslemont, George Birnie Money, L. G. Chiozza Wood, T. M'Kinnon
Evans, Sir S. T. Montagu, Hon. E. S. Younger, George
Faber, Capt. W. V. (Hants, W.) Morgan, G. Hay (Cornwall)
Falconer, J. Morrison-Bell, Captain TELLERS FOR THE AYES.—Sir A. Acland-Hood and Mr. Joseph Pease.
Fenwick, Charles Murray, Capt. Hon. A. C. (Kincard.).
Forster, Henry William Murray, James (Aberdeen, E.)
Gardner, Ernest Oddy, John James
Abraham, W. (Cork, N.E.) Griffith, Ellis J. Price, C. E. (Edinburgh, Central)
Abrahams, William (Rhondda) Hardie, J. Keir (Merthyr Tydvil) Robertson, J. M. (Tyneside)
Baring, Godfrey (Isle of Wight) Henderson, Arthur (Durham) Roche, John (Galway, East)
Barnes, G. N. Hogan, Michael Rutherford, V. H. (Brentford)
Belloc, Hilaire Joseph Peter R. Horniman, Emslie John Silcock, Thomas Ball
Boulton, A. C. F. Jenkins, J. Smeaton, Donald Mackenzie
Bowerman, C. W. Johnson, John (Gateshead) Smyth, Thomas F. (Leitrim, S.)
Bramsdon, T. A. Jones, Leif (Appleby) Snowden, P.
Byles, William Pollard Kavanagh, Walter M. Summerbell, T.
Channing, Sir Francis Allston King, Alfred John (Knutsford) Taylor, John W. (Durham)
Crean, Eugene Macdonald, J. R. (Leicester) Thorne, William (West Ham)
Crooks, William MacNeilll, John Gordon Swift Watt, Henry A.
Curran, Peter Francis MacVeigh, Charles (Donegal, E.) Wedgwood, Josiah C.
Dilke, Rt. Hon. Sir Charles Marnham, F. J. Weir, James Galloway
Ellis, Rt. Hon. John Edward Meehan, Francis E. (Leitrim, N.) White, Sir George (Norfolk)
Everett, R. Lacey Meehan, Patrick A. (Queen's Co.) Wilson, P. W. (St. Pancras, S.)
Findlay, Alexander Myer, Horatio Wilson, W. T. (Westhoughton)
Gill, A. H. O'Brien, K. (Tipperary, Mid)
Ginnell, L. O'Kelly, James (Roscommon, N.) TELLERS FOR THE NOES.—Mr. T. F. Richards and Mr. C. Duncan.
Glover, Thomas Philips, John (Longford, S.)
Goddard, Sir Daniel Ford Power, Patrick Joseph