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The State Opening of Parliament 

The UK general election took place on Thursday 4 July 2024. The new Parliament met on Tuesday 9 July 2024 for the election of the Speaker and swearing-in of MPs and Lords. The State Opening of Parliament and The King’s Speech will take place on Wednesday 17 July 2024.

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The Right to Vote

Birmingham petitions
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Petitions were another way for the women and men of Birmingham to attempt to influence Parliament in favour of women's suffrage.

Birmingham branches and personalities
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Birmingham was very active in the women's suffrage movement. It had local branches of major groups such as the National Society for Women's Suffrage and the Women's Social and Political Union.

Suffragette acts in Birmingham
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The Birmingham branch of the militant Women's Social and Political Union were active in the area throughout the period of their existence.

Winson Green force feeding
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Hunger striking was an important propaganda tool for imprisoned suffragettes. Winson Green prison, Birmingham, was one of the first prisons in the country to practise force feeding.

Birmingham and the Equal Franchise
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The 1918 Representation of the People Act and the Equal Franchise Act of 1928 brought equal voting rights to the women of Birmingham.