By Lisa Wright Published 1 December 2019 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing More than a century has passed since David Lloyd George made his famous ‘homes fit for heroes’ speech in Wolverhampton ahead of a December election he went on to win. As another winter election looms, what are the views of people in the city? As crowds packed into Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre, some were so eager to catch a glimpse of David Lloyd George they had seated themselves in the rafters. It was 1918 and the prime minister was in town just days after the end of World War One. Lloyd George was a national hero – known as “the man who won the war” – and given a rapturous reception. At the theatre he delivered a rousing speech, promising that returning soldiers would have “homes fit for heroes”. Hugely popular, the coalition went on to win a huge majority. On a visit to Wolverhampton 101 years later, it is difficult to imagine an electorate as enthused as it was then. Standing beside the bar at The Combermere Arms, Gavin Craig is despondent. “It’s an absolute shambles and has been a shambles for three years,” he… Read full this story
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