Political Reform in Great Britain and Ireland between 1828 and 1928

1. 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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2. Second Reform Act of 1867

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

3. 2nd Representation of the People Act 2928

  • Universal suffrage to all Men over the aged of 21 with no property requirements. Women still had property requirements.
  • Anyone could vote as long as they could prove they weren't drunk at the time of polling.
  • Universal and equal suffrage to all Men and Women over the aged of 21 with no property requirements.
  • Universal and equal suffrage to all Men and Women over the aged of 21 with property requirements.

4. 1872 Act

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

5. Why was reform necessary?

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

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