Bribery at Tamworth elections, 1854

A letter from Samuel Baraclough to Lord Palmerston alleging corrupt practices, involving ale, pigs and money, at local elections in Tamworth. Such bribery was commonplace at elections. The Corrupt Practices Act of 1883 was intended to stop such electoral abuses. It fixed a limit on the amount candidates could spend at elections, and anyone caught breaking the rules could be fined or imprisoned.
Catalogue reference: HO 45/5310 (13 November 1854)

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