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In 1905 Annie Kenney and her sisters Jessie and Jane attended a meeting in Oldham, where Christabel Pankhurst spoke about women’s suffrage. Inspired, Annie became involved - organising and speaking at many different meetings she became a close friend of Christabel Pankhurst who wrote of her:
Evening by evening, after her day’s work, and on Saturday afternoons, she would take a train to Manchester, make for our house and join in whatever work needed doing for the cause.
On 13th October 1905 Annie and Christabel Pankhurst attended a Liberal rally at Manchester's Free Trade Hall - and there demanded of Winston Churchill and Sir Edward Grey
If you are elected, will you do your best to make women’s suffrage a government measure?
When they received no reply, they unfolded a banner with the slogan “Votes for women” and were thrown out of the meeting. In the ensuing struggle, a policeman claimed the women had kicked and spat at him. They were then arrested and charged with assaulting the police and also causing an obstruction in South Street Manchester.
In court Ms Pankhurst was fined 10s.6d. and costs, or seven days in prison for assaulting the police; and for causing the obstruction each of the defendants was given a fine of 5s. , or three days inprisonment.
When asked by the Clerk of the court “Have you any goods which may be distrained upon?” they both answered
NO understanding the publicity value of the two women being imprisoned, rather than just paying a fine.
They were taken below.
A little later they were taken in a cab to Strangeways Gaol.
It was the first of 13 times that Annie Kenney was sent to prison.