100 Years Ago – 2 April 1921

2 April 1921

The King summoned Parliament to meet to discuss the ongoing crisis in the mining industry. Unions had ordered workers out of mines, including some safety workers, with reports that some mines had flooded and might no longer be possible to reopen.

A Cabinet reshuffle took place, with Sir Robert Horne become Chancellor of the Exchequer, Stanley Baldwin becoming the President of the Board of Trade and Alfred Mond becoming the Minister for Health.

Lord Edmund Talbot was appointed as the new Viceroy of Ireland, succeeding Viscount French. The role, which was formally known as the Lord Lieutenant, was abolished in 1922 with Talbot being its last holder.

A conference held for employers and employees in the shipbuilding industry to find agreement on pay and conditions failed to reach a settlement.