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Hidden from history: our first woman MP

30 November, 2018

• HOW many readers will know of Constance Markievicz, who is important in British history?

We will gather at Holloway Prison at 1pm on December 28 to mark the centenary of her election as the first woman MP.

She has been hidden from history as she stood as a Sinn Féin candidate and, therefore, refused to take her seat in the British Parliament.

Constance was imprisoned in Holloway during 1918 as she had been the only woman commander for the Irish Republican Army, fighting at St Stephen’s Green in Dublin during the Easter Rising in 1916.

She was a courageous and principled woman who believed in justice for all ordinary men and women.

How different from the Tory, Nancy Astor, who later was merely the first woman to take her seat as an MP.

I will attend her commemoration on behalf of Islington Trades Council.

JAN POLLOCK
Hornsey Lane, N6

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