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Vanishing for the voteSuffrage, citizenship and the battle for the census$
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Jill Liddington

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719087486

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719087486.001.0001

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Plotting Across Central London: Census and Tax Resistance

Plotting Across Central London: Census and Tax Resistance

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(p.63) 5 Plotting Across Central London: Census and Tax Resistance
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Vanishing for the vote
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Jill Liddington

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719087486.003.0005

In October 1909, the first Census Committee meeting was held, to lay careful plans over the coming 18 months. It was attended by the four professional civil servants, answerable to John Burns, President of the Local Government Board (LGB). Just two days later, the Women's Tax Resistance League held its inaugural meeting. It drew together pioneer women doctors, Margaret Nevinson, writer Cicely Hamilton, and Clemence Housman of the Suffrage Atelier. But how could quiet Clemence resist paying tax? She took a daring step, renting a modest house of her own in Swanage on the Dorset coast, so making her liable for Inhabited House Duty. The Tax Resistance League staged resisters’ ‘spectacles’ around the London area, turning local auction rooms into political theatre. Meanwhile, the Census Committee continued its discreet planning, and Lloyd George's budget triggered a General Election, set for January 1910.

Keywords:   Census, Taxation, Resisters, Election

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