Celebrating Suffrage

200,000 demonstrate their support for suffrage in Birmingham
in 1832, leading to further campaigning for Universal Suffrage 

The Representation of the People Act was signed on 6th February 1918, giving the right to vote to most men and, for the first time, some women. Birmingham played a key role in the UK history of suffrage and we’ll be celebrating on 6th February 2018 between 11 and 2pm outside Birmingham Council House.

If you can’t join us please take part in our quick survey.

Timetable for Tuesday 6th February 2018:

  • 11:00am-2:00pm – Victoria Square for consultation and hot chocolate in the gazebo.
  • 11:30am – Women Councillors to join us on the steps of the Council House. 
  • 12:00pm – Mayor’s Parlour – speeches from Lord Mayor Anne Underwood, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cllr Brigid Jones
  • 12:30pm – Screening of ‘Fight for the Right’ in Committee Room 1 with an introduction by Film Maker Sima Gonsai.
  • 2:00pm – Welcome to delegates in the Public Gallery by Full Council with speeches from Lord Mayor Anne Underwood and Deputy Leader of the Council Cllr Brigid Jones. Questions from the Public Gallery.

Birmingham played a key role in the UK history of suffrage one hundred years ago, This is the first of many events and workshops across Birmingham this year exploring Birmingham’s role campaigning for Universal Suffrage and the effect it has had on us. Birmingham City Council’s Wellbeing Team and People’s Heritage Co-operative will be working together with community groups to research our heritage and then make comparisons with the present day on issues like housing, voting rights, peace campaigning, childcare and employment rights.

People like MP Thomas Attwood and his Birmingham Political Union started debate to reform the House of Commons, at the time seen as: “the seat of ignorance, imbecility and indifference”. From the early 1800s Birmingham people campaigned to have their voices heard. The Representation of the People Act of 1918 led to radical changes in our political system around participation and representation.