Forced-feeding protest, 1912

This letter to the Serjeant at Arms, Sir David Erskine, from Chief Inspector Scantlebury describes how Isabella Irvine entered the Houses of Parliament and smashed a window as a protest against the forced feeding of suffragettes in prison. The MP she had asked to see, Sir Frederick Banbury, was against any change in the political system and was a well-known critic of female suffrage.
HLRO SAA/243 (25 June 1912)

Reproduced by permission of the Metropolitan Police Authority


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