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My mother's illness fitted into this protest against the treatment of the sick who could not pay, the inefficiency of commercialism, the waste, the extravagance, and the poverty.

Ellen Wilkinson

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In 1936 "in the grandest tradition of British dissent" Ellen Wilkinson organised the "Jarrow March" of 200 unemployed workers from Jarrow to London where Ellen Wilkinson presented a petition for jobs to Parliament. [citation needed]

In the 1935 General Election Wilkinson re-entered Parliament as MP for Jarrow "the town that was murdered" having one of the worst unemployment records in Britain with nearly 80% of the insured population out of work. " Her feminism and concern for social justice inspired others to similar political activity.

She was one of the first women in Britain to be elected as a Member of Parliament. Ellen Cicely Wilkinson PC (8 October 1891 – 6 February 1947) was the Labour Member of Parliament for Middlesbrough and later for Jarrow on Tyneside.

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