Reactions to Suffrage Campaign

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Suffrage Campaign Reactions:

Liberal Gov 1906-1914:

Liberal landslide led to groups like WSPU raising hopes as many sympathetic to cause of WS. In 1908 Asquith became PM, did not give WS time in parliament. Replaced Henry Campbell – Bannerman who was pro-suffrage. Liberals in general reluctant to give vote as other issues more important. Led to reduction in numbers come the by-election, in 1910 had to remain on Irish Party and Labour to help them keep majority.

 Suffragette Treatment:

First Division – allowed to wear own clothes and got food parcels.

Second Division – post 1908 treated as normal criminals, hunger strikes and force feeding weapon against WSPU members etc. suffragettes…


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