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Limehouse Speech

The Budget Speech had left an impression that the government's position was under threat as the opposition and the Lords manoeuvred to destroy the Finance Bill that was drawn from the budget proposals. On 30 July 1909 Lloyd George delivered to a 4000 strong crowd not so much an attack on his detractors as a vindication of his proposals.

Page 1: Report by the Budget League of a meeting they organised in Limehouse, East London in July 1909 where Lloyd George addressed a large expectant crowd. He began by addressing the issue of Dreadnought warships for which he said the ‘rich had been clamouring but were reluctant to pay'.


Limehouse Speech


30 July 1909

Catalogue number

Parliamentary Archives, LG/C/33/2/11