Labour would pardon suffragettes, Corbyn says

February 9, 2018
Suffragettes marching for the right of women to vote.

A Labour government would officially apologise and pardon the suffragettes for the miscarriages of justice they suffered in fighting for women’s right to vote in Britain, said Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Morning Star Online said the Labour shadow cabinet agreed to plans for a royal pardon as Britain marked the 100th anniversary of the act that extended the right to vote to property-owning women over 30 years of age. The right was granted to all women over 21 years of age a decade later.

Labour has launched a 12-month campaign to celebrate women’s suffrage and work on plans to end the current “grotesque levels of inequality” in society.

Corbyn said: “As a country, we must recognise and honour the enormous contribution and sacrifice made by women who campaigned for the right to vote.

“Many of those women were treated appallingly by society and the state ... Some were severely mistreated and force-fed in prison post-conviction, so a pardon could mean something to their families.”

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