100 Years Ago – 8 April 1920

8 April 1920

There was a concern that around one million workers, mostly men, were planning to stop paying their compulsory contributions towards National Insurance. The action was led by a number of trade unions, who called on workers to refuse to pay the 3d per head a week contribution until a plan to allow capitalist insurance trusts and Friendly Societies to run the scheme was dropped.

The Government confirmed that smallpox was being brought under control, with only ten new cases reported in East London, compared to twenty-one in the previous week. With the exception of two cases in Liverpool, the Government said that otherwise the country was now free from smallpox.

The Government in Romania announced that they had decided that they’d support the ratification of the Treaty of Versailles.

The Labour Party confirmed that they did intend to contest the upcoming by-election in Sunderland, although they weren’t yet naming their candidate. The candidate was announced the following week as Vickerman Rutherford (photo above), who came second in the by-election with 34% of the vote.