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Do you agree with the view, expressed in Source U, that the confrontation between the government and the suffrage campaigners was not 'wholly barren of results'? Do you agree with the view, expressed in Source U, that the confrontation between the governm

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By Amy Condliffe Do you agree with the view, expressed in Source U, that the confrontation between the government and the suffrage campaigners was not 'wholly barren of results'? ? It can be said that, although little progress was made in the way of legislation, that the suffragist campaign and the confrontation it made against the government at the time of the early 1900's, was not without progress and did make headway in the political landscape. This is because the campaign gained great publicity through this period, and although many MPs did not agree with giving women the ability to vote, the majority of those in parliament changed their minds towards the posistion of women, and by the beginning of WW1, the majority of MPs were seen to support the female enfranchisement. Although this is true, it can be seen that disagreements between the Liberal governement and the campaign did nothing to help the cause. One factor which could be seen to either help the suffragettes campaign or disuade the government from giving women the vote, was the violent measures in which the WSPU performed. ...read more.

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In turn, the violent measures in which the suffragettes performed in order to gain them the vote, may have failed in the sense that many now believed they were too unstable to be given the vote, but the most that can be claimed for suffragette violence is that it kept the issue on the political agenda and made it impossible for the govern�ment to ignore, gaining the cause great publicity and enabled them to show the terrible ways in which the Liberal government used to keep them under control. Another factor which shows that progress was made, is the conciliation bills which were proposed by the Conciliation Committee, consisting of 54 suffragists MPs. This consisted of giving women 'possessed with a household qualification', as seen in Source F, to be given the vote, and recieved a parliamentary majority of 109 in July 1910. This shows great progress of the female suffrage campaign, as the government gave the bill parliamentary time and by 1908, most MPs, including most of the Cabinet, openly supported women's suffrage. On the otherhand, the bills could be seen as 'wholly barren of results', as they were never to become legislation. ...read more.

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Yet, it can also be shown to be too indirect to female suffrage, as they still did not revieve the vote until 7 years later. Overall, the failure of the suffrage movement can be ascribed by a number of factors, yet the campaign was not 'wholly barren of results' as the confrontation between the government and the campaign gained, especially the Suffragettes, great publicity for their movement. Although the suffragette militancy can be seen to harm their cause, it would also have proven the lengths in which the women would go to get themselves the vote, showing an aptitude for politics. Another form of evidence to show that progress had been made, was the conciliation bills; although legislation never made it under Asquith's government, it proved the popularity of female suffrage amoung MPs and was a pressing issue. Asquith, although against female suffrage, proved to be worthy for the cause by ridding the House of Lords of their rejecting powers, which was proving to be the suffrage campaign's biggest problem. In turn, although little obvious progress was made, the confrontation between the the suffrage movement and the government was not 'wholly barren of results', as ublicity increased greatly due to their arguments and changes were made to the system of government. ...read more.

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