HC Deb 27 October 1909 vol 12 c1160W

asked the Attorney-General whether he or the Director of Public Prosecutions would, if furnished with particulars, take any action with reference to an electoral convention held in a constituency immediately before a Parliamentary election there, like that which invalidated the Bristol election in 1870, constituted and conducted corruptly and under undue influence, claiming to determine, and in fact determining, which of a set of candidates should be elected to Parliament, and practically depriving the electors of their right of exercising the franchise under the protection of the ballot, and sending to Parliament a nominee of a corrupt clique?


The hon. Member's question is extremely hypothetical. I am not able to say whether I should take action in any case until the actual facts of that case are placed fully before me. If the hon. Member will furnish me with the particulars to which he refers, I will consider whether or not they disclose adequate grounds for the institution of legal proceedings.