britain ; 3.1 ; representation of the people act 1867

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  • Created by: jimnpam
  • Created on: 27-11-17 17:38

- mid-60s organisations e.g Reform League began to campaign for universal suffrage + imbalance in seat distribution remedy

- 334 borough MPs represented 9.5million people while only 162 county MPs represented 11.5million

- to many, most important feature of the 1867 Reform Act was the substantial increase in electorate size brough about by intro. of household suffrage in the boroughs

- redistribution measures were also taken but weren't as substantial as those of '32

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- disraeli believed redistribution was "the very soul and question of reform"

- realised extending vote to too many working classes might, in short term @ least, work to disadvantage of conservatives and tried

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