Electoral Reform Act

Notes on the Electoral Reform Act in Britain of 1832.

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  • Created on: 28-01-09 17:03

Problems with the System prior to 1832

  • Aristocratic influence - Pocket Boroughs
  • Corruption
  • No Secret Ballot
  • No Representation in towns cities - Rotten Boroughs
  • No Votes for Middle and Working classes.
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Reform?

Yes

  • Upper Middle Class - Revolution
  • Middle Class - Representation
  • Working Class - Rights (to have a say)

No

Upper Middle Class:

  • "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"
  • Reform = Revolution
  • Losing Power
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Why was the 1832 Act passed?

1. New King was unpopular - Monarchy controlled government is unpopular

2. Political Unions - more created - more pressure on govt.

3. PM/Whigs resigned - Tories rejected the Act - 50 whig peers created to pass act.

4. 1st rejection in HOL - riots by WC in derby, nottingham, bristol etc.

5. Press (the Times and local papers e.g. Leeds Mercury) spread news in favour of reform

6. Events:

  • 1828-1830: Poor Harvests
  • 1829 & 1831: Economic Slumps
  • 1831-2: Cholera Epidemic
  • 1830: Swing Riots
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1832 Reform Act

The Franchise

Counties - No Change (Property 40+ Shillings p.a.)

Boroughs - Instead of Before Cars, People Smoked Fumes, owning property £10 + per annum (Though working class max £8).

Redistribution of seats

  • 56 -2
  • 36 -1
  • 22 +2

Problems Still Not Solved

  • Still tiny boroughs
  • 3,200,000 still did not have the vote
  • South has more MPs than North, but less people.
  • No Secret Ballot
  • MPs Still Unpaid
  • NO WORKING CLASS VOTE!
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