This year’s Bradlaugh Talk was on Universal Suffrage being the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918.

‘Fit to Fight – Fit to Vote’ Hansard records as working class men were finally given universal suffrage thus removing the barrier to all women obtaining the vote, the age of 30 years for women being designed to make equal the number of men and women after 1,000,000 men and boys had been slaughtered in WW1, (250,000 were 16-17 year olds).

William Collins was invited to speak and his talk can be viewed here.