MP attends Uckfield talk about women’s suffrage

Wealden MP Nus Ghani attended a talk at Bridge Cottage, Uckfield, about the part played by local women and men in securing votes for women.

The talk was given by Frances Stenlake about the campaign for women’s suffrage in Uckfield, Crowborough, and across Wealden.

Much of the campaign was was organised by the Cuckfield and Central Sussex Women’s Suffrage Society. It was law-abiding and non-violent, as it was elsewhere in rural Sussex. It was aided by several high profile suffragists who lived locally.

Ms Ghani said afterwards: “This year marked the 99th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, which enabled all men and some women over the age of 30 to vote for the first time.

“I was delighted to be able to spend the evening with many other local women at an event which celebrated this achievement.”

The MP said Frances Stenlake provided a fascinating insight into the important part Wealden had to play in the national struggle for women’s suffrage. She has written a book Edith Bevan and the Mid Sussex Suffragists.

Ms Ghani added: “I am proud to live in an area that was home to so many inspiring women who campaigned as suffragists in the Edwardian era.

“Alongside the suffragettes, we must not forget the significant impact that the peaceful, legal, suffragist campaign had in securing the vote for women in this country.

“I look forward to hosting an event for Wealden’s schools in the new year on the theme of the suffragettes and suffragists in order to mark the centenary anniversary of women being allowed to vote in UK parliamentary elections for the first time.”

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