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Book: Eleanor Rathbone and the politics of conscience Author: Susan Pedersen Price: Yale University Press, ?25

Eleanor Rathbone was returned to parliament as the independent member for the combined universities in 1929. Seventeen years later, at her death, she had become one of the outstanding backbenchers of the last 200 years. Her record outstrips that of Richard Cobden and John Bright. They, after all, swam with an incoming tide. She ranks alongside William Wilberforce, but he was a man reforming a man-made world. Eleanor’s greatness should now cease to be one of the best kept secrets of political history thanks…

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