Electoral Firsts in the 1918 Election

The History of Parliament Trust, in association with The Co-operative Party, is delighted to invite you to join us at a panel discussion to mark the landmark election of 1918 and its consequential broader representation within the Parliament of 1919.

This free event will take place on Wednesday 16th January in the Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, Westminster, from 6pm to 8:30pm.

Following the passing of the Representation of the People Act and the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act in 1918, the electorate was vastly expanded.  This led to a number of firsts in the so-called ‘coupon’ election of 1918 including; the first women candidates, the first elected woman MP, Constance Markievicz (although she didn’t take her seat) and the first Co-operative party MP, Alfred Waterson.

Join us for a lively discussion and Q&A to explore this wider representation with papers presented by: Angela Whitecross on the early Co-operative Party and Alfred Waterson MP, Edward Madigan on Sinn Fein and Constance Markievicz and Krista Cowman on Women’s Voting Experiences.

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