Plantagenet feels Glencora's ostentatious entertaining at the Castle compromises and degrades his position as Prime Minister and orders her to stop it. He also counteracts her efforts on Lopez's behalf in the by-election at Silverbridge by taking out an ad in the local newspaper declaring his neutrality and wish to have his tenants vote their consciences. Without the support, tacit or otherwise, of the Duke of Omnium, Lopez loses in a landslide. He owes money to his business partner as well as creditors from the campaign, and pressures his father-in-law to pay his outstanding debts. After Abel Wharton agrees to the money but makes it clear that there will be no more, Lopez writes to Plantagenet blaming Glencora for his troubles and asking to be reimbursed for his campaign expenses - despite having them already settled by Wharton. Although Plantagenet is aware that giving money to Lopez will compromise his position as Prime Minister if it becomes public, he feels it is the honorable ... Written by
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