Political Reform in Great Britain and Ireland between 1828 and 1928

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1. 1911 Act

  • Annual parliamentary elections.
  • Male suffrage extended.
  • Pay for MPs.
  • Universal male suffrage.
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2. Why was reform necessary?

  • The working class members of parliament insisted.
  • Rotten and Pocket Boroughs, political agitation due to post-industrialisation changes and pressure groups such as the Birmingham Political Union
  • The government was radical.
  • The government really wanted change.

3. Second Reform Act of 1867

  • Enfranchised up to 1 million new people, some working class
  • Universal Male Suffrage
  • Removal of ALL Rotten and Pocket Boroughs.
  • Pay for MPs.

4. 1872 Act

  • Secret Ballots.
  • Pay for MPs
  • Annual Parliamentary Elections
  • Removal of Property requirements for MPs

5. Representation of the People Act 1918

  • MP's pay doubled.
  • Gave suffrage to all men over 21 and women over 30 who met property requirement (£5).
  • All men and women regardless of property could vote.
  • Anyone can be elected to become an MP.


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