Peterloo Massacre: A turning point in UK history? - BBC Newsnight
- Published on Aug 15, 2019
- It's been 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre.
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In 1819, peaceful demonstrators demanding the vote were set upon by the Yeomanry in Manchester, in what became known as the Peterloo Massacre.
For many on the left, 1819 was a kind of Year Zero in British democracy, leading ultimately to universal suffrage and the birth of the Labour party.
But others say its influence has been over-stated. Stephen Smith reports from Manchester and Alison Morgan of Warwick University and Daniel Finkelstein discuss its significance in studio.
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