This weeks marks the 100th anniversary of the passing of the Representation of the People Act, which gave some women the right to vote.

At the most recent Enfield Council meeting on Wednesday January 31 the Mayor of Enfield Cllr Christine Hamilton donned a suffragette sash.

Other councillors joined her in wearing purple, one of the colours identified with the UK’s 20th century suffragette movement.

Cllr Hamilton will wear a suffragette sash for the following two full Enfield Council meetings, with the next one timetabled for February 21.

The Representation of the People Act, passed on 6 February 1918, allowed 8.5 million women aged over 30 who owned property to vote in elections.

It also gave 5.6 million more men the vote after the voting age was lowered to 21 and the property qualification removed.

It would be another 10 years before the Equal Franchise Act of 1928 gave women equal voting rights to men.