100 Years Ago – 24 March 1920

24 March 1920

David Lloyd George was criticised by Arthur Henderson for the Government’s lack of action in Hungary, with Henderson (who later became the Leader of the Opposition) saying that at least 5,000 people had already been killed. The Austro-Hungarian Empire had collapsed following the end of the First World War with the communists seizing power and then periods that became known as the Red Terror and the White Terror. Lloyd George replied that “His Majesty’s representatives in Budapest have been instructed throughout to impress upon the Hungarian Government the supreme importance of avoiding anything in the nature of political proscription and of confining their actions to the trial and punishment of those who could be fairly convicted of crime”.

Margaret Bondfield attended a political rally in Northampton as part of her campaign to win the 1920 by-election in the town for the Labour Party. She said “I feel delighted by the unanimous spirit in which I have been accepted by people of all shades of progressive thought. The trade unionists generally and the women co-operators have accepted me on absolutely the same footing as though I had been a man. They regard me not as a woman candidate, but as standing for Labour. This is exactly the right spirit, and the spirit women candidates need to emphasise”. Bondfield didn’t win the by-election, coming in with 44.4% of the vote, but she did win in the town’s 1923 General Election vote and later served as the Minister for Labour.