Category Parliamentary

Five shillings per child – after the eldest – is now law!

It was 73 years ago, on Friday 15th June 1945, that an Act of Parliament was passed that confirmed that from this day a family allowance of 5 shillings per child, after the first child, became law in Britain. The weekly newspapers of 8th June had reported that ‘Mr Churchill’s indication in the House yesterday […]

Will this stop people fixing the vote?

It was on Thursday 18th July 1872 that the Royal Assent was given to the ‘Parliamentary and Municipal Elections (Ballot) Bill’. Put simply – from now on each individual vote would be cast in secret. This was a fundamental change to an age old process. No longer would those entitled to vote have to identify […]

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchil has died.

After the British general election of October 1951 Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill became Prime Minister of Britain for the second time.In 1953 he suffered a serious stroke but remained in the role of Prime Minister.  Two years later in 1955 he retired from the role but he didn’t leave Parliament.  He remained a Member of […]

Off the rails with Dr Beeching

It was on this day – Wednesday 23rd December 1964 – that it was announced by Mr Tom Fraser, the Labour Minister of Technology, that a certain Dr. Richard Beeching was to leave his post as Chairman of the British Rail Board and returned to his old job at Imperial Chemical Industries – better known […]