General election results in gains for Irish Catholics (92 words)

Historical Context Note

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Overall, the 1826 UK General Election saw gains for the Tories, and their party's leader and sitting prime minister, Lord Liverpool, remained in the position. In Ireland, however, the movement for Catholic Emancipation led by Daniel O'Connell was in the ascendant. Although Irish Catholics who met the minimum property qualification were permitted to vote, they could not sit as MPs, and although O'Connell had been elected, he was not allowed to enter Westminster. Home Rule candidates had worked with the Whig Party in the election, and had made sizeable gains from the Unionists.

Editors. "General election results in gains for Irish Catholics". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 August 2013
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