New words and expressions
parliamentary candidate man or woman standing for election to parliament as an M.P. (Member of Parliament) adopted here means chosen prospective future constituency district represented by one M.P. The people in this district are called "constituents"
challenge a test of one's ability campaign planned course of action; here refers to the time (about three weeks) just before an election blow up kill in an explosion House of Commons one of the two Houses of Parliament (the other is the House of Lords) the line had gone dead the connection had been broken operator the telephonist at the telephone exchange headquarters main office the press the newspapers, newspaper reporters engagements appointments election agent the person who manages the campaign for a parliamentary candidate threaten try to frighten opponents those who are against you (here refers to members of the other political parties) cancel call off, do not attend get to the bottom of the matter find out the truth about it crank someone with strange ideas housing estate an area with houses of the same type and usually built by the same builder the whole business the situation plainclothes policemen policemen wearing civilian (ordinary) clothes sinister strange and frightening hecklers people who interrupt a speaker (usually political) carry on continue public house a place where wine, beer and spirits can be bought and drunk I'm dead against it I'm completely against it keep a close watch on watch carefully mingled mixed inconspicuously so as not to be noticed reaction showing of feelings for or against
The Parliamentary Candidate
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The Parliamentary Candidate (4)
Henry Orpington's first engagement that day was an open-air meeting on a large housing estate at ten o'clock. As most of the men were out at work, his audience consisted mainly of women and young chil
The crowd remained good-natured for the first part of his speech and Henry was feeling pleased with himself. And then, suddenly, half a dozen tractors roared onto the field.
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"Do you like to