Evolution of democracy

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  • Evolution of democracy.
    • Slow and lengthy process in the UK. Power was eventually handed from the monarch to parliament.
    • Civil war abolished the monarchy for a period but it returned with limited powers.
    • Parliament has controlled finances since 1688 however only 5% of the adult population could vote at this time.
    • Secret ballots did not exist until the 1832 first reform act.
    • The suffragists campaigned peacefully for the vote until 1914.
      • Suffragettes campaigned under non peaceful methods and were arrested from 1909 onwards.
    • In 1928 true universal suffrage for men and women over the age of 21 was achieved.
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