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Newspaper report on the arrest of Emmeline Pankhurst at Buckingham Palace

1914

Museum of London

Museum of London

Newscutting showing the arrest of Emmeline Pankhurst at Buckingham Palace, 21 May 1914 whilst trying to present a petition to King George V. Having been released from prison in March under the terms of the Cat and Mouse Act, Emmeline had failed to return to Holloway at the end of the month. Arrested at Buckingham Palace she was driven straight back to Holloway to continue her sentence. Emmeline's attempt to petition the King represented a change of tactics by the Women's Social and Political Union. During 1914 they decided to bypass government ministers and deal directly with 'the Throne'. Emmeline had seen that such an appeal by Irish republicans had resulted in the King calling an Irish conference but her attempt to engage similar royal interest in the suffragette campaign ultimately failed.

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