Lilian Lenton(1891-1972), Militant suffragette
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After hearing Emmeline Pankhurst speak, the suffragette and dancer Lilian became committed to the Women's Social Political Union and was arrested in 1912 for smashing windows during a protest. The WSPU’s newspaper, Votes for Women reported 'At the windows excited crowds collected..At the centre of each crowd stood a woman, pale, calm and silent’. After being forcibly fed in Holloway after a series of arson campaigns in 1913, she contracted pleurisy. The case caught the public’s attention as Home Office papers conflicted with the Home Secretary McKenna's denial of force feeding. Lenton often escaped when she was released from prison, becoming known as the 'elusive Pimpernel'.
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