100 Years Ago – 29 March 1920

29 March 1920

Sir Cyril Cobb, the Chairman of the Education Committee and the Conservative MP for Fulham West, was shouted down by teachers at a conference in London. The teachers were angered by a refusal by the Government to increase their wages and when Cobb tried to put forwards his position he was confronted with shouts of “sit down”. Arthur Winnington-Ingram, the Bishop of London, stood up to try and restore order to the meeting, but he too was shouted down by the teachers.

Results started to come in from the Urban District Councils and they showed a strong performance from the Labour Party.

The Second Reading of the David Lloyd George’s Home Rule Bill was introduced to the House of Commons in a bid to deal with the Irish question. The Bill did get to its Third Reading, but there was opposition from Irish MPs to the Government’s proposals. The plan was to create two separate regions of Ireland, Southern Ireland and Northern Ireland, both of which would remain part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. The plan though was never implemented as Southern Ireland became independent in 1922.