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A Journey Through Manchester’s Political History

29/07/2016 12:00 pm
29/07/2016 2:00 pm

Manchester is a political city, a bolshie city, an angry city.

It has been a shock city, a suffragette city, and, if some had their way, it might have become a fascist city.

And then there are those elected to represent it. Winston Churchill lasted two years before the electorate kicked him out. Stephen Chesters Thompson led the Tory group on the city council at the beginning of the 20th century and was the personal bodyguard of the Tory prime minister, who held a Manchester seat: unthinkable now.

All the political greats have been here. Marx, Engels, Tony Blair (there were fears he would be assassinated. Really), Ed Miliband (who?), Dave, Theresa. The great thinker and writer Thomas Paine nearly made it when dead.

Come with us on the radical road.

Ramsay MacchurchillWilliam Joyce

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