Monday, 3 May 2010
"No Dirty Hands"
“ You may hold up your dirty hands against me, but I’ll still be the MP tomorrow”.
However Merthyr was given a additional seat becoming a two seat constituency
In the election the following year the workers waved placards saying “No Dirty Hands” and Bruce was defeated.
One of the new MP’s was Henry Richard, He was to become known as one of the foremost nonconformists in the House of Commons. Here he was a leading member of the party which advocated the removal of Nonconformist grievances and the disestablishment of the church in Wales.
As secretary of the Peace Society he helped to organize a series of congresses in the capitals of Europe, and was partly instrumental in securing the insertion of a declaration in favour of arbitration in the treaty of Paris in 1856. Through this work he had became universally known in Europe and the United States until his resignation of the post of Secretary in 1885.
Less well known for his Anti-slavery work, and though unable to support the American Civil War as an appropriate means to end slavery because of his commitment to peace.Henry Richard was respected in this field. Indeed, a few weeks after his death the Anti-Slavery Society, now Anti-Slavery International, published an obituary in their journal, The Anti-slavery Reporter and Aborigine's Friend
Henry Richard was probably the first peoples champion to represent Wales and Welsh Values in the House of Commons and there have been precious few since.
On Thursday remember the Dirty Hands and vote for those who will represent the people of Wales and not the untruest of a London centric elite.
If you which to nominate someone who has been a "Welsh Peoples Champion" leave a comment.