RICHARD COBDEN. APRIL 2, 1865.
Publication:Ashton and Stalybridge Reporter
Date:April 8th, 1865
This is one of several elegies for the Liberal MP Richard Cobden to be found in Lancashire newspapers around this time. Cobden was a tireless campaigner for liberal reform and had been active in the Anti-Corn Law movement. Along with his fellow campaigner, John Bright MP, he was vilified in the 1850s for his opposition to Britain’s involvement in the Crimean War, but by this time both men had been rehabilitated and were largely viewed with affection, even by opposing politicians. As MP for Rochdale from 1859 to his death he spoke up in parliament for increased aid to the region during the Cotton Famine. – SR