Work Hard!

Work Hard!

42: ‘Work Hard and Vote for Samuel’ is the slogan on this banner.  Herbert Louis Samuel, Liberal candidate, who was harassed by suffragettes whilst campaigning in Cleveland, was elected to Parliament in 1902 and in 1905 joined the Liberal Ministry as Under Secretary for Home Affairs.  In 1909 he entered the Cabinet as Chancellor for the Duchy of Lancaster.  From 1910 until 1914 he was Postmaster General and in 1914 he was again Chancellor for the Duchy and, for a short time, Home Secretary.  Samuel was knighted in 1920 and on his return from Pakistan (where he was High Commissioner) in 1925, he became Chairman of the Royal Commission on the Coal Industry, its report on conditions and pay in the mines being known as the Samuel Memorandum, which was rejected out of hand by the miners.  In 1931 he took a leading part in the formation of the National Government.

From “Loftus in old picture postcards” by Jean Wiggins. Reproduced by permission.


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