HC Deb 19 May 1924 vol 173 cc1837-8

Mr. SPEAKER informed the House that he had received the following Certificate and Report from the Judges appointed to try the Election Petition relating to the Election for the Borough of Oxford:

In the High Courts of Justice.

King's Bench Division.

The Parliamentary Elections Act, 1868, the Corrupt and Illegal Practices Prevention Act, 1883, and the Representation of the People Acts, 1918 to 1922.

In the matter of the Election Petition for the Borough of Oxford.


Hugh Hall and James

Herbert Morrell … Petitioners


Frank Gray … … Respondent.

To the Right Honourable


We, Sir John Sankey, Knight, G.B.E., and Sir Rigby Philip Watson Swift, Knight, 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 Parliamentary Elections Act, 1868, and the Parliamentary Elections and Corrupt Practices Act, 1879, that upon the 7th, 8th, 9th, 12th, 13th, and 14th days of May, 1924, we duly held a court at the county hall in the borough of Oxford for the trial of, and did try, the Election Petition for the borough of Oxford wherein Hugh Hall and James Herbert Morrell were the Petitioners and Frank Gray was the Respondent.

And in further pursuance of the said Acts we certify that at the conclusion of the said trial we determined that the said Frank Gray was not duly elected and returned and that his election was void.

And whereas charges were made in the said petition of corrupt and illegal practices having been committed at the said election, we, in further pursuance of the said Acts report: