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The woman who voted in 1868

Fifty years before some women were given the franchise, Lily Maxwell voted in a by-election. It's time she was written back into history

By Peter Kellner   November 2018

I am rather glad that my mother never knew the story I am about to tell. She was proud to be the daughter of a suffragette—and to be born on 14th December 1918, the very day of the first general election after parliament gave women the right to vote, a date that you will hear a lot about as the centenary approaches. But in fact, the 1918 general election was the second, not the first, at which women voted. Some—dozens certainly, hundreds possibly—cast their votes in another, almost precisely half a…

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