Policemen grip her arms and her hair is dishevelled – but teenager Dora Thewlis’s face is defiant. And when this picture was splashed across the cover of the Daily Mirror, she became an overnight sensation. It was March 1907 and the 17-year-old mill worker was in the thick of the fight for women to have the right to vote . Their actions were not in vain. The Representation of the People Act was finally passed on February 6, 1918 – 100 years ago this Tuesday – giving women in Britain the vote for the first time. The part played by Dora and others like her was one in the eye for those who tried to belittle the suffragettes’ struggle as a pastime for middle class ladies. Her arrest and imprisonment and her refusal to kowtow to a magistrate fired the public’s imagination. The working girl in clogs and shawl became known as the Baby Suffragette. But while others such as campaign leader Emmeline Pankhurst remain household names, it looks as if Dora … [Read more...] about “I’m prepared to go to prison”: The forgotten mill girl who battled for women’s rights 100 years ago
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Today marks ten years since women in the United Kingdom first voted in a general election. Although women over 30 won the right to vote in February 1918, it wasn't until December of the same year that they had the opportunity to exercise their newfound suffrage. An election, called immediately after the First World War ended, was the first in which women were legally able to vote, and millions made history by turning up at polling stations, and making their voices heard. Many would argue that they had the suffragettes to thank. While their method of "deeds not words" caused controversy, with people wondering if they hindered their cause rather than helped it, the Suffragettes succeeded in gaining votes for women; first for those over 30 then for all women ten years later. Who were the Suffragettes? At the time women had few rights, they couldn't stand in Parliament and had no right to vote, it was simply assumed their husbands would speak for them. But it was a time of change, … [Read more...] about 100 years since women first voted, who were the suffragettes and what did they do?
A baby has died after an inmate at Britain’s largest female prison reportedly gave birth alone in her cell. Surrey Police has launched an investigation into the "unexplained" death at HMP Bronzefield last Friday. Vicky Robinson, director of the prison which is operated by Sodexo Justice Services, confirmed in a statement that a woman had given birth "but sadly the baby did not survive." "We are supporting the mother through this distressing time and our thoughts are with her, her family and our staff involved," Ms Robinson said. "We are undertaking a full review and working with all relevant authorities during their investigations. It would not be appropriate to comment any further.” The woman had been at an advanced stage of pregnancy and went into labour in her cell in the early hours, according to The Guardian. The prison, which opened in 2004 and is located on the outskirts of Ashford, Middlesex, houses 572 inmates. Notable prisoners have included Rose West, Karen … [Read more...] about Baby found dead in prison after inmate ‘gives birth alone in cell’
Child killer Ian Huntley was locked up in solitary confinement after swearing at an official and kicking a guard, according to reports. Huntley was allegedly first thrown in isolation after breaching prison rules by saying 'f*** off' to a worker. He was then taken out of his cell for an adjudication hearing, however, he soon returned to solitary after reportedly kicking a prison guard. The kick was described as 'pathetic' by a jail source, who also claimed the murderer was crying as he was dragged back to segregation, an article states. The monster's special privileges were said to have been taken away after the attack, meaning he lost his £20-a-week painting job and was not allowed to buy fish and chip dinners. Huntley was thrown into isolation in HMP Frankland, in Durham, in August - and his prison time is now said to be catching up with him, according to The Sun . The prisoner killed Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, both aged 10, in Soham, Cambridgeshire, in 2002. … [Read more...] about Child killer Ian Huntley sobs in solitary confinement after ‘kicking prison guard’
The government has delivered its new Brexit proposals to the EU, including plans to replace the Irish backstop. The plan, outlined in a seven-page document, would see Northern Ireland stay in the European single market for goods, but leave the customs union - resulting in new customs checks.The Northern Ireland Assembly would get to approve the arrangements first and vote every four years on keeping them. The European Commission said there had been progress but "problems" remained.Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said the new blueprint did not "fully meet the agreed objectives of the backstop", in terms of upholding the EU's single market, protecting peace in Northern Ireland and supporting economic co-operation with the Republic of Ireland. But he said he wanted an agreement and talks would continue. Kuenssberg: Johnson won't decide next Brexit steps Reality Check: What is in Boris Johnson's Brexit plan? How does the border plan differ from the backstop? The UK is set to leave the … [Read more...] about Brexit: New UK plan for Northern Ireland to stay in single market