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- Edition: March 10, 1882 March 10, 1882
The vote of the house of Commons on Monday afternoon leaves Mr.
BRADLAUGH in the same position as he stood in before his expulsion. He has given no
intimation of what his future course is to be. After the division he left the
House, and he merely informed the Sergeant-at-Arms that he would not trouble
the House that night.
It is however, believed that Mr. BRADLAUGH will think once or twice
before he attempts again to force himself into the Chamber. If he does, the Tory
leader will move, not his expulsion, but simply that he be prohibited from
entering the precincts of the House. This would inflict on Mr. BRADLAUGH the
severest penalty without at the same time bringing the House into direct
collision with the constituency of Northampton.
In these circumstances, Mr. BRADLAUGH will probably remain quiet for
some time, and continue to make use of what he calls the select privileges of
the House. It is reported that he intends to take steps for bringing the case
into a court of law.
A curious commentary on the proceedings of the House of Commons on
Monday is given in the official London Gazette of Tuesday night. It is there
recorded, on the authority of the Crown Office, that "Charles BRADLAUGH, of 20,
Circus Road, St. John's Wood, in the county of Middlesex, journalist and
publisher," is a "Member returned to serve in the present Parliament." Mr.
BRADLAUGH's complaint is that he is not permitted to do service.