Forcible feeding

Letter from M L Steward against the dangers of forcible feeding, 7 April 1912 (Catalogue ref: HO144/1194/220196)


Graham House
April 16. 1912

To the Right Honble [sic] Reginald McKenna, M.P.


May I ask that you will give expression to the strong feeling that exists all over the country against the forcible feeding of women in prison & order its immediate cessation.

The need for it arises because of the denial of the few privileges granted by your predecessors & which are accorded in every civilized country in the world to political prisoners whatever they have done.

Unless these women are treated as political prisoners their terrible mea[l?] protests must go on, & lives will be lost to the everlasting disgrace of the Government of England. It is torture that is being inflicted & I call upon [you] in the name of humanity & common justice to set the matter right immediately.

Yours faithfully

M. L. Steward

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