The Returning Officer: Suffragettes II

The Dublin-born Norah Dacre Fox emigrated to England in 1891.

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The Dublin-born Norah Dacre Fox emigrated to England in 1891. She became general secretary of the WSPU in 1913 and was imprisoned several times, going on hunger strike at Holloway Prison. On the outbreak of war, she helped with recruitment drives. In 1915, Dacre Fox, along with Emmeline Pankhurst and others, reportedly descended into a mine in Glamorgan and worked at the coal face.

She stood as an independent at Richmond, Surrey, in 1918 and came second. The Yorkshire Post described her as an “anti-alien speaker with a weakness for seeing ‘the hidden hand’”. She joined the British Union of Fascists in 1934, was selected as its candidate for Northampton in 1936 and returned to Holloway Prison in 1940. l

Stephen Brasher

This article appears in the 05 November 2015 issue of the New Statesman, The end of Europe