100 Years Ago – 4 June 1920

4 June 1920

It was confirmed that 96% of gas workers had voted in favour of a strike, leading to a concern that gas supplies could run out across the country within two or three weeks.

David Lloyd George, the Prime Minister, returned to the House of Commons after an illness to explain the reason for his meeting with Leonid Krasin, who was representing the Soviet Union in trade negotiations. Lloyd George explained to those concerned about the links with Soviet Russia that it was necessary to start talks to ensure the release of British prisoners in the country. Although France declined an invitation to the talks, they were the beginning of negotiations which led to the Anglo-Soviet Trade Agreement which was later signed on 16 March 1921.