UK 5 November 2015 The Returning Officer: Suffragettes “I’m a bold suffragette who can’t keep quiet.” Socialist Health Association Print HTML NSSign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. In 1931, Esther Rickards stood for Labour in Paddington North. She trained as a doctor (as women were not allowed to be vets) and became the second female “master of surgery”. A keen dog breeder, she was later secretary of the United Spaniel Association. In 1933, as a London county councillor, she was widely quoted as saying, “Today, appendicitis is a lot less dangerous than crossing the road.” In 1913, she, her sister and her cousin made a suffragette protest at the New West End Synagogue; 44 years later, she was reported as the first woman to speak in a House of Lords debate, answering a question from Lord Cohen. Refusing to apologise, she said, “I’m a bold suffragette who can’t keep quiet.” Stephen Brasher › The underpass under Marylebone Road will be transformed . . . into a urine-free Wonderpass Subscribe from just $2 per issue This article first appeared in the 29 October 2015 issue of the New Statesman, Israel: the Third Intifada?