Political Reform in Great Britain and Ireland between 1828 and 1928

1. 3rd Reform Act 1884

  • Made the property requirements for voting uniform across rural and urban lines.
  • Made size of each constituency equal.
  • Universal male and female suffrage.
  • Pay for MPs.
  • Universal male suffrage.
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2. What happened with the 1848 act?

  • Annual parliamentary elections.
  • Secret Ballots.
  • Removal of property requirements for MPs.
  • Pay for MPs.

3. Representation of the People Act 1918

  • 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.
  • MP's pay doubled.
  • Anyone can be elected to become an MP.

4. 1911 Act

  • Pay for MPs.
  • Universal male suffrage.
  • Annual parliamentary elections.
  • Male suffrage extended.

5. Why was reform necessary?

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


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