Margot Asquith: A Modern Woman

Born 150 years ago, Margaret Asquith (1864-1945) was a leading figure in social and political circles. In 1894 she married the future Prime Minister Herbert Asquith and became acquainted with many of the leading politicians and thinkers of the day. She was outspoken in her opinions and a strong supporter of the Liberal Party. Fiercely loyal towards her husband, she discussed his political decisions with him throughout his career until, in 1916, he appointed Lloyd George as War Secretary against her advice. By the end of 1916 Lloyd George had forced Asquith out of power and had taken over as Prime Minister. In later life Margaret focused on writing and published a number of successful books including an autobiography.