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At the heart of the party?
The women’s Conservative organisation in the age of partial suffrage, 1914–28
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In 1928 Lady Iveagh, the Vice-Chairman of the National Union of Conservative Associations (NUCA), claimed that one million women were members of the Conservative Party. This chapter offers an overview of the Conservative women's association, considering its relationship with male politicians both at constituency level and at Conservative Central Office. In May 1918, the Women's Unionist and Tariff Reform Association (WUTRA), which had been the leading voice for Conservative women since its foundation in 1906, disbanded and formed the backbone of the new Conservative Party women's organisation. Analysing the depiction of gender roles in election addresses provides us with further insights into the role of women within the Conservative Party and wider electoral culture. In the general election of 1918, some candidates produced separate addresses for male or absent voters and the female electorate such as Harold Glanville, Labour candidate for Bermondsey.

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Rethinking right-wing women

Gender and the Conservative Party, 1880s to the present


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