Caroline Phillips’ loyalty led to a series of high-profile visits to Aberdeen by WSPU leaders such as Christabel and Emmeline Pankhurst. Many of these were in connection to appearances in the city by Herbert Henry Asquith, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, who was a vehement anti-suffragist.
In December 1907 Asquith addressed a meeting of the local Liberal party at the Music Hall in Union Street, which was disrupted by the suffragettes, led by Mrs Pankhurst. Caroline Phillips wrote in celebration to the Aberdeen newspapers. However, behind the scenes she had actually tried to do a deal with the Women’s Liberal Association to leave Asquith alone. Believing that all women would be banned from the Music Hall for fear of a suffragette attack, Caroline Phillips privately contacted the leaders of the WLA and promised that there would be no militant action. She argued with WSPU headquarters that the Aberdeen branch needed independence and that local conditions needed to be taken into consideration. In response, Mrs Pankhurst wrote that she was coming to the city to lead the attack.