Amended Second Reform Bill passed by the House of Commons

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Historical Context Note

One of the first pledges made by Earl Grey's Whig government when they came into power in November 1830 was that they would implement electoral reform. They proposed a redistribution of seats, that would disenfranchise the smallest (so-called 'rotten') boroughs, and give greater representation to those new industrial towns that were otherwise underepresented. It would also lower the requirement for the franchise from the historical '40-shilling-freeholder' to an annual worth of £10, thus increasing the size of the electorate. This bill was passed in the House of Commons by one vote, but it then ground to a halt. The government called another election, which was fought primarily over this issue of reform. It returned an overwhelmingly …

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Editors. "Amended Second Reform Bill passed by the House of Commons". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 August 2013
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