If Margaret Bondfield, who, in her day, was the most senior and recognisable woman in the Labour and trade union movements, could see this year’s version of Labour Conference she would be amazed, and not just by the technology. But she might also have felt real pride as Angela Rayner, the new Deputy Leader of the Party took to the virtual stage.
Margaret Bondfield – ‘Our Maggie’, as she was known – was one of the first examples of a female working-class political activist who was made in her trade union. Born in 1871 into a poor and numerous family in the West Country, she was sent at the age of fourteen to be apprenticed as a shopworker in Brighton, where an older sister lived. Continue reading