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Prime Minister attacked by suffragettes

Striling, 1 November 1913 - The Prime Minister was today attacked by a number of suffragettes while travelling to unveil the Campbell-Bannerman monument in Stirling.

Upon passing through the village of Bannockburn, Mr Asquith's car was held up by four women, one of whom lay down in front of the vehicle in order to bring it to a complete stop. The three other women then began their attack on the car throwing red pepper at the Prime Minister. One individual attempted to strike him with a dog whip.

Detectives, who were travelling shortly behind Mr Asquith's car, quickly seized the women and they were duly arrested. Also travelling in Mr Asquith's car were Sir John and Lady Graham and Miss Violet Asquith. Neither Mr Asquith nor his companions were injured in the assault. Three of the suffragettes had come from Glasgow while one had come from Edinburgh. They were conveyed to the County Police Office following their arrest.

[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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