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WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE AND GOVERNMENT CONTROL, 1906-1922

Papers from the Cabinet, Home Office and Metropolitan Police Files in the Public Record Office (CAB 41, HO 45, HO 144, MEPO 2 & MEPO 3)

Here are the British Government records discussing the bitter struggle for women's suffrage.  They include:

  • Minutes of Cabinet meetings in which the Suffrage issue was discussed - it is interesting to see the other items on the agenda, which often caused the suffrage discussions to be curtailed or postponed.
  • Police files on leading suffragettes, including Constance Lytton, Anne Kenney, Sylvia Pankhurst, Phyllis Brady, Harriet Johnson and others.
  • Accounts of forced feeding in prison and the shocking cat-and-mouse policy.
  • Detailed records concerning major actions and demonstrations such as the 'rush' on the House of Commons in 1908, the death of Emily Davison beneath the feet of the King's horse at the Derby in 1913 and the slashing of the Rokeby Venus in 1914.
  • Reports on the publications and activities of militant women's organisations.
  • An account of the trail of George Lansbury.
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