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Liberal Welfare Reforms 1906-11 : Work People
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* Extract from a speech made at a meeting of unemployed workers by the Labour MP Will Thorne in 1908
(PRO ref: MEPO 2/1221)
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* PRO: MEPO 2/1221; extract from a speech by Labour MP Will Thorne; 1908 *
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* How great a problem was unemployment, according to government figures? *
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