Great Reform Act, 1832

The passing of the Act was a mixture of political circumstance and popular pressure. Divisions in the anti-reform Tory Party allowed the veteran Whig reformer, Lord Grey, to become Prime Minister in 1830. However, his Reform Bill was rejected by the Tory-dominated House of Lords. It was the agitation from extra-parliamentary radicals in the country at large that finally convinced a sceptical king and hostile Lords that reform was necessary. Reproduced here is the manuscript text of the Act itself, together with the schedule of boroughs to be disenfranchised.
HLRO HL/PO/PU/1/1832/2&3W4n147 (1832)

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