Lenin visits Toynbee Hall

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Lenin visits Toynbee Hall

In 1902 Liberal MP John Morely led a smoking debate on foreign policy at ToynbeeRead More

In 1902 Liberal MP John Morely led a smoking debate on foreign policy at Toynbee Hall. An eye witness described how Morely was met with a diatribe from a ‘a shabbily dressed’ young man called Richter, who demanded that he ‘look at the impoverishment’ around him rather than espousing the foreign policy talk of all capitalist nations. Several days later Richter was invited back to Toynbee Hall for tea. As it turned out, ‘Richter’ was actually Vladimir Lenin, the Russian revolutionary.