c. 1991: Tony Benn’s secret suffragette plaque in the Houses of Parliament

“This plaque to Emily Wilding Davison was put up in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft by Tony Benn MP.

Tony Benn said in the House of Commons in 2001: “I have put up several plaques—quite illegally, without permission; I screwed them up myself. One was in the broom cupboard to commemorate Emily Wilding Davison, and another celebrated the people who fought for democracy and those who run the House. If one walks around this place, one sees statues of people, not one of whom believed in democracy, votes for women or anything else. We have to be sure that we are a workshop and not a museum”



By: Retronaut
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Source: http://www.retronaut.com/2014/03/tony-benns-secret-plaque-in-the-houses-of-parliament/

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