'Not a penny off'
Birmingham and The General Strike 1926


Birmingham and the adjacent industrial conurbation were a significant focus of the the General Strike called by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in May 1926.

Even before the strike began, Labour parliamentary candidate Oswald Mosley led a two-mile long May Day parade from Victoria Square to Ward End. Numbering up to 25,000, this was a protest supporting the mine workers.

Meanwhile, Birmingham Council set up an Emergency Committee who, working closely with the Police, to maintain law and order and keep essential services running.

So, the battle lines were drawn.

Andrew Reekes, historian and Author, explains the course of the strike and how it divided Birmingham an consequently ending the political hold that the Chamberlain family had held for decades.

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