Votes for Women: A Timeline of the Women’s Fight in Portsmouth

1869 First petition for female suffrage is presented by Portsmouth. Women are allowed to vote in Borough elections this year. 1870 Further petition for Women’s suffrage presented. 1872 Further petition for Women’s suffrage presented. 1872 First documented meeting for women’s suggrage takes place in Portsea, the dockyard quarter, by a Mrs Ronniger on behalf of…

Fire-fighters: “We Rescue People, Not Banks!”

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) staged a protest in Portsmouth earlier today over renewed threats from the government to cut staff and services. Around thirty fire-fighters from across the city were joined by local trade unionists, socialists and numerous passers-by to say that the Coalition’s austerity programme was putting lives at risk. The FBU…

Radical History Day

Portsmouth has a rich history of dissent, rebellion and protest—yet all too often it is hidden from our view. From the battle to keep common land to women campaigning for the vote, from mutinous sailors to the fight against racism, the past struggles of local people are a source of huge inspiration and interest. Portsmouth…

Why I Am Marching For Palestine

This Saturday there will be a demonstration in Portsmouth in solidarity with the people of Gaza. For 22 days Israel has mercilessly shelled the Gaza strip. Ten days in and the F-16s were joined by a ground invasion. The aerial bombardment has been devastating. It has destroyed schools and hospitals, the only power station, UN…