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The Pankhursts of Manchester: expert tour with UK's leading political guide

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Emmeline Pankhurst statue

St Peter's Square

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M2 3DN

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* A note from the Manchester tour guides.
* This tour ain't free.
* That's because it has been expertly researched by Ed Glinert, author of Penguin's Manchester Compendium and London Compendium, and the most prolific political tour guide in the country, renowned for his Peterloo and Marx & Engels tours in Manchester, and his Marx & Lenin, Pankhursts and Power, Corruption & Lies tours in London.
* So we go to the Pankhursts shop in Manchester city centre, the location of which Ed Glinert discovered after painstaking research. The local Blue Badge guides had no idea about it.
* Here's a tip: avoid the so-called free Pankhurst tours on which you will probably know more than the guide; avoid the Pankhurst tour that will tell you how the Suffragettes disrupted the "ruling" Liberal party's rally at the Free Trade Hall. It was a Tory government.
* Little things like the above are important. If the guide can't get the basics right...

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Emmeline Pankhurst: Time magazine named the Moss Side-born Suffragette leader as one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th century.

We will be walking in her Manchester footsteps.

Here’s why.

In August 1819 at least a dozen people were killed demonstrating for the right to vote at St Peter’s Fields, Manchester. Nearly a hundred years later, in 1903, the Pankhurst family, disgusted with the Independent Labour Party’s refusal to allow women to use the newly-opened Pankhurst Hall in north Manchester, founded the Women’s Social and Political Union to step up the campaign for the right of women to have the vote in parliamentary elections.

What had been a sedate pressure group, willing to stay within the law to change the law, soon became militant. The women suffrage supporters (“suffragettes,” the Daily Mail called them, to mock them; it backfired) disrupted a Liberal Party rally in the Free Trade Hall in 1905 and two of their leaders – Christabel Pankhurst and Annie Kenney – were jailed. Manchester had become Suffragette City, but it took a generation and many thousands of broken windows and bones for women to secure the vote.


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When Christabel Pankhurst and Annie Kenney were arrested for disrupting the Liberal Party’s political rally at the Free Trade Hall in October 1905 they were taken first to a cell in Manchester Town Hall and then to Strangeways Prison.

Soon one of the leading Liberal politicians of the day turned up at the prison offering to pay the women’s fines so that they could be quickly released. The philanthropic politician was none other than Winston Churchill, MP for Oldham, who had recently crossed the floor from the Conservative benches. But was this really a welcome move or just a cynical one? Surely if the women agreed to his offer he could champion himself as being in control of them …


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M2 3DN

United Kingdom

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