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Lloyd George supports suffrage, opposes militancy

London, 23 October 1913 - Mr Lloyd George today met a deputation from the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies today. He restated his personal support for the cause of women's suffrage, but stated his opposition to the militant tactics that some suffragettes had employed of late.

Lloyd George offered his opinion that such militancy had strengthened the opponents of suffrage, and that it had converted those who opposed suffrage with indifference to a position of bitter hostility. He said that he ‘was glad the spirit of militancy is withering. It is the best augury I have seen yet for the success of the movement’.

He argued that the tactic of militancy had poisoned the current Parliament against the suffrage issue, but believed that a well organised, but peaceful campaign by women at the next election, would allow the subsequent Parliament to move forward on the issue.

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]

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