Jeremy Corbyn Says Labour Would Pardon And Apologise To Suffragettes

Men and women campaigning at a suffragette meeting in London's Hyde Park

Some women over the age of 30 were able to vote following the Representation of the People Act in 1918.

100 years has passed since women over 30 were legally permitted to vote in general elections after the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) fought for fifteen years for womens' democratic rights.

"As far as pardoning for arson, violence, as you rightly point out, that's trickier".

"I think that it feels to the youngest generation a bit that they are on the shoulders of giants", said Helen Pankurst. "In any meaningful sense of the word, they were not criminals".

She added: "I think there is something different about them but I'm just pointing out, unfortunately, the practical reality of bypassing the law in this way, but as I said, I would like to take a look at individual proposals to see what can be done". Convictions of suffragettes were politically motivated and bore no relation to the acts committed.

British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on January 6 called on the Government to issue an apology and formal pardons to members of the Suffragette Movement, promising a Labour administration under his leadership would take such action.

"As we remember the heroic campaigners of the past, who fought to include the voices of all citizens in our public debate, we should consider what values and principles guide our conduct of that debate today", she said.

Leading women's rights campaigner Helen Pankhurst spoke about the damaging effect Mr Trump could have on men's perception of women, after his recent interview with Piers Morgan.

The Women's Equality Network is marking the centenary by celebrating 100 Welsh women.

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Councillor Janet Emsley wore her "faith, hope and charity" brooch, as well as a green ring and a purple ring, which are believed to have represented the secret code of the suffragettes; they would wear these as an indication to other women that they were part of the same group.

But before the speech, May turned to how she finds her role as prime minister and the growing criticism from both inside and outside her Conservatives that she is not up to the job. Waving a suffragette poster and suffragist slogans, she threw herself at his vehicle as he left, but was released without charge to avoid embarrassment for the royals.

It seemed that not even all suffragettes could agree on their methods that they should use, however, with Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughter Christabel having broken away from the group in 1907 to form the Women's Freedom League. However, the suffrage movement IS something that most school-children are taught in the classroom.

Labour's shadow cabinet met at the Museum of London, now home to an exhibition on the suffragettes.

Critics say her cautious approach has increasingly left her hostage to the deep divisions among her ministers, especially over Brexit, with some concerned the European Union has now gained the upper hand in talks.

Derby Day in 1913 marked a significant moment in the movement when Emily Davison threw herself in front of King George V's horse and was trampled to death, becoming a martyr.

She was arrested and force-fed dozens of times, admitted setting fire to postboxes, and hid within the Palace of Westminster several times, perhaps most famously in a cupboard on the night of the 1911 census in an attempt to boycott it.

To memorialise her rebellious night in parliament, Tony Benn broke the rules by screwing a plaque into the wall of her cupboard.

The Anti-Suffrage League was founded in 1908 by Mary Humphrey Ward, with support from two men: Lord Curzon and William Cremer. She then refused to pay the fine so that she would be sent to prison.

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