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Whigs reforms and failures 1833-1841

Following the GRA, a general election was held in which the Whigs won a large majority (December 1832),
Grey remained Prime Minister until 1834 until resigning at the age of 70 ­ partly due to the fact that he
thought his main ambition ­…

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· Government paid £20 million compensation to the slave-owners
· removed a system that was morally wrong
· caused major economic problems ­ planters complained that the compensation was insufficient,
many went out of business
· a general depression was caused in the West Indies as the owners of…

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· What was wrong with the existing system?
System dated back to the late 16th century ­ each parish was expected to look after it's own
poor and the cash to provide relief for the poor came from a special rate paid by…

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Limitations: However in every other respect the Act aroused the most bitter criticism, from both the
working classes who suffered hardship from it and from the Humanitarians as it went against their wants
and thought it cruel and cold-blooded. Most newspapers were severely critical, there was a flood of

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Terms of the Municipal Corporations Act (1835):
· closed corporations were abolished ­ borough councils had to be elected by all male ratepayers
who had lived in the town for 3 years ­ tackled this issue of corporations who voted themselves
in/relatives/friends exploiting the system
· Councillors were elected for…

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The government was responsible for 2 measures which did something to reduce the Nonconformist
resentment against the powers and privileges of the Church Of England.
· The Marriage Act ­ recognised marriages in Nonconformist chapels and Roman Catholic Churches
as legal, provided that a civil registrar was there
· The…


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