MP Harriet Harman gives the first Alice Bacon talk: 'From Pioneers to Parity? 100 Years of Female Suffrage'
The achievements of a pioneering Yorkshire MP Alice Bacon were commemorated with a public lecture by senior MP Harriet Harman. Alice Bacon was elected to represent Leeds North East in 1945 and served her city constituents continuously until her retirement a quarter of a century later (she transferred to Leeds South East when constituency boundaries were revised in 1955). Awarded a CBE in the 1953 Coronation Honours, she took up a seat in the Lords as a Baroness on her retirement as an MP in 1970. Leeds did not return another woman to the Commons until the election in 2010 of Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves, who is also Baroness Bacon’s biographer. Now Ms Reeves has teamed up with the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds, for the first in what will be a regular series of lectures in the name of her trailblazing forebear, aimed at commemorating the achievements of Leeds women – locally and nationally. Ms Harman’s lecture, From Pioneers to Parity? 100 Years of Female Suffrage, was given in the Great Hall at the University on Thursday 25 January. Read more:
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