Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Election 1832

The Reform Act stripped away the so-called "rotten broroughs" i.e. places where nobody lived who were still returning members. I suppose the outstanding example was Dunwich which had fallen into the North sea a hundred years or so earlier. The Act also extended the franchise to men who had property of a rateable value of £10 and above. Thus the franchise was extended from 13 voters to a whopping 360!  It was not much of an improvement but it was a start and it did open up a tiny chink of light of democracy to our system of representation.
The 1832 election brought a Whig or Liberal into the new parliament in the person of Sir Harry Verney. He and his descendants held the seat for about 60 years.

No comments: