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Election Literature, 1874: "Fraser MacKintosh would sell the Railways to  the government!"

This poster was published during the General Election campaign of 1874. It criticises the policy on Highland railways of Charles Fraser MacKintosh, one of two Liberal candidates for the Inverness Burghs parliamentary seat. It claims that his plans to nationalise the railways would lead to huge job losses, wage cuts and military discipline.

The result of the election for the Inverness Burghs seat (comprising Inverness, Nairn, Forres, and Fortrose) was:
Fraser MacKintosh (independent Liberal) 1134
MacKintosh of Raigmore (Liberal) 879
MacKintosh of Holme (Conservative) 16.

In the election as a whole the Liberals, led by William Gladstone, won a majority of the votes cast, but Benjamin Disraeli's Conservatives secured a majority of seats in the House of Commons, largely because they won a number of uncontested seats

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Election Literature, 1874: "Fraser MacKintosh would sell the Railways to the government!"

1870s

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This poster was published during the General Election campaign of 1874. It criticises the policy on Highland railways of Charles Fraser MacKintosh, one of two Liberal candidates for the Inverness Burghs parliamentary seat. It claims that his plans to nationalise the railways would lead to huge job losses, wage cuts and military discipline.<br /> <br /> The result of the election for the Inverness Burghs seat (comprising Inverness, Nairn, Forres, and Fortrose) was:<br /> Fraser MacKintosh (independent Liberal) 1134<br /> MacKintosh of Raigmore (Liberal) 879<br /> MacKintosh of Holme (Conservative) 16.<br /> <br /> In the election as a whole the Liberals, led by William Gladstone, won a majority of the votes cast, but Benjamin Disraeli's Conservatives secured a majority of seats in the House of Commons, largely because they won a number of uncontested seats