Democracy in mid-Victorian Britain

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  • Created on: 21-10-22 10:18

Democracy in mid-Victorian Britain


  • Rotten and pocket boroughs were broken up and lost MPs
  • 143 were able to be redistributed to boroughs such as Manchester that did not have MPs before the Reform Act


  • Women formally excluded from voting
  • Northern towns had fewer MPs than southern towns
  • No secret ballot
  • Most MPs still wealthy landowners
  • Still only a minority of the population
  • Loss of second vote in some boroughs


Overall, the 1832 Reform Act did not make Britain into a complete democracy, it only paved the way for further reform. The act itself was actually fairly undemocratic due to the formal exclusion of women.


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