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The importance of the parties
- On becoming king, William immediately formed a Privy Council of his own choosing, although he was cautious and included a balance of Whigs and Tories.
- The parliament of 1690 consisted of 225 Whigs and 206 Tories.
- When he left England to fight at the Battle of the Boyne, William showed his preference by leaving a number of loyal Court Tories in charge.
- Whig rebels attempted to push through a triennial bill in order to ensure regular Parliament. This was passed by both Houses and William was forced to use his royal veto.
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The Whig Junto
- A group of Whig rebels known as the 'Whig Junto' became influential in 1692 and developed considerable influence in government between 1694 and 1699.
- They favoured war with France in order to promote the Protestant cause in Europe.
- Their members included Edward Russell, John Somers, Thomas Wharton and Charles Montagu.
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The Triennial Act, 1694
- By 1694 the Whig Junto was beginning to dominate government, and its members were given high-profile roles.
- A second triennial bill was given the royal assent in January 1694 and this new Triennial Act stated that a Parliament could not last longer than three years. This meant that general elections would be held more frequently.
- The rivalry between Whigs and Tories was stronger than ever but the Act also gave the Commons new-found confidence.
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The years after the Triennial Act, 1694
- In 1695, another election was held and the Whigs performed well, cementing their dominance over both Parliament and Privy Council.
- In 1696, a plot was discovered to assassinate William. The Whigs became more united than ever and William became more reliant on the Whig Junto in the Privy Council. Both Houses adopted a Whig proposal acknowledging William in a local 'Association', signed by most MPs.
- In 1697, the opposition to the now-dominant Whig Junto passed a vote limiting William's army to 10,000 men.
- In 1698, the Whig Junto began to collapse. Their opposition was able to secure a bill that reduced William's army further to 7,000 and members of the Junto were promoted or resigned.
- In 1699, a commission investigating confiscated lands in Ireland issued a report and found that William had made excessive grants to loyal courtiers. Parliament passed a bill of resumption, stating that any grants in Ireland given to members of the Privy Council were illegal.
- In the election of 1701, the Tories made gains and began impeachment proceedings against leading Whig Junto members Somers, Montagu and Russell, although they were eventually acquitted by their fellow parliamentarians.
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