Event title:

Culture Cafe Heritage & History Series Talk 7 - ‘Hull’s Political Heritage: the fight for parliamentary representation from 1906 to 2016’.

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Saturday, December 10, 2016
11:00 - 13:00
Wilberforce LT2
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Event description

This talk examines changes in the parliamentary landscape of Hull since the early 20th Century, identifying the extent to which the outcome of elections in Hull have reflected shifts in British politics.   Hull was characterised in the early 20th Century by the clash between Conservatives and Liberals, shaped in no small part by religion, and then by the greater influence of economics and the displacement of the Liberal Party by the Labour Party as the principal opposition party.  Hull was a battleground between the Liberals and the Conservatives until the 1920s, when the conflict became one between Labour and the Conservatives.  Liberal MP for Hull Central, J. M. Kenworthy, switched from the Liberals to Labour in 1926 and Labour took three of the four Hull seats in 1929, only for the Conservatives to achieve a clean sweep in 1931.  Labour re-took two seats in 1935, but the Conservatives held one or more seats until another Labour clean sweep in the 1945 general election.  The Conservatives held Hull North from 1951 to 1964, but thereafter the outcome of elections has reinforced the growing urban-rural divide, urban areas becoming more Labour and rural areas more Conservative.  The talk also examines those who have represented Hull in Parliament, ranging from Conservative Sir Mark Sykes (of the Sykes-Picot line) to Liberal Thomas Ferens (founder of Hull University and Ferens Art Gallery) and Labour Cabinet ministers John Prescott and Alan Johnson.


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