The Irish Member

Mr Power is a young man who came in with the new Parliament and has already made his mark upon an assembly always ready to acknowledge merit whatever the constituency it may represent … and making his first speech showed himself possessed of that ‘House of Commons manner’ which other men strive after for a generation and never acquire. Imperturbably self-possessed, without being conceited, he dominates the House, which gladly yields itself up to the charm of his unpretentious yet effective speech.

Henry Lucy, Men and Manners in Parliament, ‘The Irish Member’, p.167.