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Controverted Elections—Borough Of Taunton

Volume 218: debated on Thursday 19 March 1874

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MR. SPEAKER informed the House, that he had received from Mr. Justice Grove, one of the Judges selected for the trial of Election Petitions, pursuant to the Parliamentary elections Act, 1868, a Certificate and Report relating to the Election for the Borough of Taunton.

Mr. Speaker also informed the House, that the said Certificate having been given and the Report made before the Dissolution of the late Parliament, were not received by him until after such Dissolution, but that he thought it right that the same should be laid before the House.

And the same was read, to the effect that Henry James, being the Member whose Election and Return were complained of in the said Petition, was duly elected and returned.

That no corrupt practice was proved to have been committed by or with the knowledge or consent of any Candidate at such Election.

That there is no reason to believe that corrupt practices have extensively prevailed at the Election for the Borough of Taunton, to which the said Petition relates.