100 Years Ago – 11 April 1920

11 April 1920

A split developed between the British and French Governments, after David Lloyd George said that Ferdinand Foch, the French military commander, was wrong to lead a takeover of the Rhineland area of Germany. The French said “at what moment does the British Government think it ought to stop in the granting of concessions?”, with Foch saying that the Treaty of Versailles hadn’t created peace, they had created peace in Europe for twenty years. The French remained in the Rhineland until 1925, but didn’t recover the reparations that they wanted due to huge levels of inflation in Germany.

In a differing situation to many other areas, miners in South Wales decided that they were going to strike following a conference that was held in Cardiff. Although all results weren’t in, at the time it was announced that 66,094 men were in favour of a strike, against 25,176 men who didn’t want to strike, meaning that the two thirds majority required to strike was likely to be reached.

The results were published in the Stockport by-election, which was the last double member constituency by-election to be held in the UK. The results were as follows:

Unionist – William Greenwood 22,847 votes (elected)
Liberal – Henry Fildes 22,386 votes (elected)
Labour – Leo Chiozza Money 16,042 votes
Labour Co-op – Samuel Perry 14,434 votes
Independent – Albert Alfred George Kindell 5,644 votes
Independent – John Joseph Terrett 5,433 votes
Independent Republican –  William X. O’Brien 2,336 votes