8 March 1921
David Lloyd George, the Prime Minister, said that proposals made by the Germans for their war reparations were unacceptable to the allies and action would be taken immediately to occupy three German towns on the east bank of the Rhine, including Dusseldorf.
It was announced that Labour had won the by-election in Penistone which had been caused by the Liberal MP, Sydney Arnold, retiring through ill health. William Gillis won for Labour with 8,560 votes, with William Pringle securing 7,984 votes for the Liberals and James Peace Hinchcliffe gaining 7,123 votes for the Coalition Liberals. Labour supporters at the count sang the Red Flag following the announcement of the result.