The Conciliation Bill, 1910

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  • In 1910 there were two elections so the Parties were hunting down votes
  • The NUWSS and WSPU worked together to get the Government to set up a Conciliation Committee
  • Pankhurst stopped the WSPU militant activities
  • The Committee was made up of politicians from the House of Commons
  • It was their job to draft the Bill so it was acceptable to all parties
  • NUWSS worked closely with the Committee

January 1910: General Election

  • Mrs Fawcett (NUWSS) believed Liberals would be willing to listen to them due to the election coming up
  • In the run up to the election over 300 MPs pledged support for women's suffrage
  • March: A petitions with 250,000 signatures was presented in House of Commons
  • The WSPU truce allowed the Bill to be drafted peacefully
  • June: Fawcett led deputation to see Asquith
  • However he was evasive about the New Bill
  • This caused Fawcett to be pessimistic about the Bill's chances

The Bill's Second Reading

  • July: Due for second reading
  • NUWSS became skillful at juggling both the Suffragettes and Liberals hostility
  • There were 39 speeches for and against the Bill
  • Both Winston Churchill and Lloyd George were against the Bill
  • It passed the second reading with 100 people majority
  • However Asquith then said there was no time for further discussion
  • It was suspended till November

Black Friday 1910

  • WSPU truce was called…


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