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How much credit does Peel deserve for the conservative victory in 1841?

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How much credit does Peel deserve for the conservative victory in 1841? In this essay I will be discussing whether Peel deserved credit for leading the conservative party to victory in 1841 I think that Peel does deserve credit for the conservative party victory in 1841, however mistakes by the Whigs also made it easier for the conservative party victory. I will be discussing both sides of this argument and then concluding at the end. Firstly credit can be given to Peel for creating the conservative party. The Conservative Party was formed from various conservative associations established throughout England following the Reform Bill of 1832. This bill granted more parliamentary seats to industrial areas and lessened voting restrictions, resulting in a broader electorate. To attract these new voters, Sir Robert Peel, then the leader of the Tory Party, adopted the name Conservative and broadened the Tory program. Conservatism as expounded by Sir Robert Peel was based on Tory traditions built up under Lord Liverpool: defence of Crown, Church and Constitution Peel believed that the new essences of the New Toryism party (called before it was called the Conservative party) ...read more.


So the Tamworth Manifesto was very important because it laid out the foundations of the Conservative party and gave the Conservative party a good image. During the 1830s, Peel built up the Conservative party strength by gaining support from moderates of various classes, especially middle class manufacturers and businessmen, which were neglected by the Whigs. Even though the Conservative party were a minority, the support for them was growing from 1832 to 1841. The number of seats that they gained in the large boroughs can represent this. In English boroughs over 2,000, the number of seats doubled from 8 to 15 from 1832 to 1841. In English counties, seats increased from 42 to 124 from 1832 to 1841. The seats in the English counties increased more than the seats in the larger boroughs because there were traditional Tory members were as in the larger boroughs, the middle class people were being convinced. This can be credited for Peel for aiming at the middles class people as well as landowners and can be linked also to Whig mistakes, which will be explained later. ...read more.


The resignation of Graham and Stanley from the Whigs was the biggest blow for them. Stanley, also known as the Rupert of debates and Graham, an excellent administrator, resigned from the Whig party over the Irish reform Bill in 1832. Graham and Stanley, along with 50 other Whig party members went on to form a committee called the Derby Dilly, though they eventually joined the Conservative party. Because of this, the Whigs began to lose seats in the large boroughs and cracks in the Whig party started to form and split the Whigs. So Most of the credit for the Conservative victory will be down to Peel, his experience and enthusiasm but he mistake that the Whigs made, which h resulted in the resignation of Graham and Stanley was the starting point of which the Whigs began to crack. Peel took advantage of this mistake, even though the Whigs were still a majority. The Conservative Party kept on strengthening more and more year by year until in 1841, which they won the elections and became the majority. ...read more.

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