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Did the 1832 act emerge from the pressure of the Whigs party or in response to the events of 1830-32?

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Did the 1832 act emerge from the pressure of the Whigs party or in response to the events of 1830-32? In 1830, the General election results indicate widespread support for parliamentary reform. There was unrest in the countryside as the people believed the Conservative government were incapable of change. The growing discontent caused much criticism towards the government. The public rioting was a huge factor behind the 1832 act emerging. The pressure that was put upon the Tories was huge, and the Whigs noticed that this could lead to revolution whereas the Tories wanted to rid this rioting. Leader of the Tories, Wellington, declared total opposition to any sort of reform. ...read more.

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This led to more riots and discontent in the countryside. Grey warned the cabinet that another defeat would lead to a civil war and revolution. This was what the both parties feared the most. A revolution would lead to them losing all their power. The bill was again defeated only months later, provoking serious rioting. This led to Grey resigning when William IV refuses to create enough Whig peers to get the bill through the Lords. The Tories wanted to confront the protests whereas Grey and the Whigs believed that if they did not listen to the people, revolution was inevitable. In 1831, the Whigs received a huge majority of the votes, perhaps heavily influenced by the public voting. ...read more.

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This shows that the Whigs were pressurising the King into making concessions therefore leading to a growth in the Whigs population. However, the King does not agree, but Wellington allows the Reform Bill to pass through. Overall, the 1832 act did not emerge just because of the pressure put on by the Whigs because there was serious rioting in the country. Furthermore, the fact that Greys government won the election with a huge majority was perhaps because of the pressure put on the voters in the public voting. However, the Whigs did put pressure on when they were in oppostion by pushing for gradual, controlled change. Furthermore, they believed that a revolution would occur if change did not occur. The events of 1830-32 were equally important as it put pressure on the Tories as they were losing popularity and revolution and civil wars were edging nearer. ...read more.

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