Re­mem­ber­ing Dora

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

Kim No­vak, ac­tress, Ge­orge Se­gal, ac­tor, Stockard Chan­ning, ac­tress, Jerry Springer, talk show host, Peter Gabriel, singer, Liam Brady, former foot­baller, Peter Hook, mu­si­cian

Henry Rollins, ac­tor and rock singer, Jesse Bird­sall, ac­tor, Rob­bie Wil­liams, pop singer COLNE Val­ley had not one but two prom­i­nent suf­fragettes, to­gether il­lus­trat­ing the breadth of tac­tics used in a bid to get women the vote.

While Flo­rence Lock­wood, of Linth­waite, pur­sued the more con­ven­tional route of de­bate and dis­cus­sion, Dora Mars­den was one of the most fa­mous mil­i­tant ac­tivists who be­lieved in ac­tion against the es­tab­lish­ment.

Dora was born and brought up in Mars­den where she be­came a pupil teacher at 13, uni­ver­sity stu­dent at 18 and head of a teacher train­ing col­lege cen­tre in her early 20s.

Then she sac­ri­ficed her blos­som­ing aca­demic ca­reer to be­come a full-time or­gan­iser, ar­gu­ing with the au­to­cratic Pankhursts.

Dora achieved na­tional head­lines for the move­ment through a dar­ing feat in De­cem­ber 1909.

Win­ston Churchill, the home sec­re­tary, was due to speak at the Em­pire Hall, South­port.

But when his turn came to ad­dress the packed hall, Dora and two col­leagues - who had spent the pre­vi­ous night on the roof - heck­led him loudly from a lofty port­hole.

Churchill was stopped and the three in­ter­preters ar­rested.

On this oc­ca­sion they es­caped im­pris­on­ment but Dora dur­ing the fierce cam­paign was jailed sev­eral times and force fed.

She spent the last 25 years of her life in hospi­tal and died on De­cem­ber 13, 1960. this HS2 project.

It is an ex­pense the coun­try can well do with­out for lit­tle gain.

It’s go­ing to trash even more of what’s left of our coun­try­side, our wildlife is un­der enough pres­sure as it is.

Peo­ple’s lives have been left on hold and ex­ist­ing busi­nesses are threat­ened.

If there is any money to in­vest it should be spent on bet­ter in­fra­struc­ture in the north of Eng­land which has been ig­nored for long enough. Oliver Letwin’s ‘Hearts and Minds’ de­tail­ing his years as a Con­ser­va­tive party mem­ber of par­lia­ment.

The book is al­most 300 pages long and hardly strays from his time in the West­min­ster bub­ble with Party hacks and back door wheel­ing and deal­ing.

For Letwin, those out­side this theatre don’t ex­ist which just about sums up the state of the Con­ser­va­tive Party at the mo­ment.

We’ve come through the first full year since the EU ref­er­en­dum and no progress has been made.

The Tories are tear­ing each other apart and the rest of us pay the price as the Gov­ern­ment fails to tackle real is­sues such as stag­nant wages, a hous­ing cri­sis and chronic un­der-fund­ing of the NHS and other pub­lic ser­vices.

We de­serve bet­ter.

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