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Parliamentry reform of 1832

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Introduction

How much did the Parliamentary Reform Act of 1832 do to change the system of sending MPs to Parliament? The people of Britain were unhappy during the early part of the 1800s because they did not have enough of a say in voting and who was sent to parliament to represent their views. During this time there was a lot of corruption and unfair processes taking place in the voting system. Because of this the lower classes of society rioted and protested, hoping to bring change to the system. They wanted less corruption, a fairer vote and more people to get to vote. ...read more.

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The reform act added MPs to lots of the new cities, therefore representing more people's views. Another problem was the Rotten Boroughs. These are constituencies that due to size and population can be controlled easily by who owns the land or can bribe the most. For example Old Sarum in Wiltshire had 3 houses and 11 voters. So would be very easy to control. Because there a few voters, to get more than half to vote for you only need to bribe or influence 6 people to vote for you. If you own the land they will almost be forced to vote for the MP because they own your house. ...read more.

Conclusion

This way of voting still took place after the Bill was passed. The amount of people who could vote before 1832 was only 3% after 11% could vote, this shows that a lot more people could vote, but still not very many. In conclusion, this shows that the Reform act changed a lot in the way MPs were sent to parliament. The Rotten Boroughs, the amount of people who could vote and more MPs representing the new cities. However, after voting was still open, still only a few more people could vote all in the upper classes, women still couldn't vote the poor and working class couldn't vote. The Reform act did change some things but not enough to make the electoral system fair. ...read more.

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