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Photograph of Miss Phipps and her helper, Miss (Adelaide) Jones, 1918

NEWSAM LIBRARY ARCHIVES, UWT/D/35/31, UWT/D/35/2 AND UWT/G/2/10

Emily Frost Phipps (1865–1943) was a headteacher, barrister and suffragette. In the 1918 general election, the first in which women could stand as parliamentary candidates, Phipps stood as the Independent Progressive candidate in Chelsea against the incumbent Conservative Sir Samuel Hoare.

Phipps hoped to appeal to newly enfranchised women voters with a focus on the home, health and education: one of her slogans was ‘The fireside, the school, the health of the community and a general levelling up’. While she did not win, she did gain 20.9 per cent of the vote, enough to keep her deposit.

Adelaide Jones, who is pictured with Phipps, was a former teacher who helped Phipps with her campaign. Phipps and her close friend, fellow headteacher Clara Neal, both shared a house with Jones after their retirement, first in London and later in Eastbourne.

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