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Derby clears name of woman vilified for PM murder plot

Alice Wheeldon plaque Credit: ITV News Central

The city of Derby is today taking a first step towards rehabilitating a woman vilified for almost a century for plotting to murder the Prime Minister.

The city council will today unveil a blue plaque in honour of peace activist Alice Wheeldon.

Alice, a 50-year-old shopkeeper who lived in Pear Tree Road, was found guilty of planning to poison David Lloyd George in 1917.

Sentenced to 10 years, she was released after nine months due to ill-health from hunger strikes.

But she never recovered fully and died in 1919.

Her family and supporters believe the Government framed her because of her radical anti-war beliefs and support for conscientious objectors during World War One.