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Poplar Rate Strike, 1921

In March 1921, faced with a massive increase in the rate, the Council refused to cut the level of relief to the poor and withheld 270,000 in contributions required by the London County Council (LCC) until the wealthy West End boroughs took a fairer share. The council ignored a court order to pay, and in September the majority, led by George Lansbury were sent to prison. Faced with a threatened rent strike and enormous popular support for the councillors, the LCC and the Government eventually gave way and the High Court released them in October.

This photograph shows a group of the councillors with their solicitor, W.H.Thompson, after their release from Brixton Prison. The five women councillors were sent to Holloway Prison.

Title Poplar Rate Strike, 1921
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Production Date 1921
Format Photograph
Copyright Thompsons
Holding Institution TUC Library Collections, London Metropolitan University
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