How Much Did the Parliamentary Reform Act of 1832 Do to Change the System of Sending Mp’s to Parliament?

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How much did the Parliamentary Reform Act of 1832 do to change the system of sending MP’s to Parliament? People around the 1830’s were worried about revolution due to the recent revolution in France. This is why the reform act was put in place, to let off steam from the frustrated public and stop revolution. Many changes were made to the way people could vote in the parliamentary reform act of 1832. Before only 1/10 people could vote whereas after 1/5 could. Another main difference is that the majority of the middle class gained the franchise. In counties before 1832 only men with property worth 40 shillings or more were able to vote but after copyholders of £10 or more per annum and leaseholders with land worth £50 per annum which means now people who rent can vote. Also changes were made in boroughs. Before only property owners with a certain franchise could vote whereas after all householders with property worth £10 or more per annum were allowed. These changes basically still only allowed the wealthy to vote as working class and vagrants still didn’t have the money to buy property and therefore could still not change how the country was run. So the change to the vote wasn’t too effective. Another big change the act enforced was the distribution of seats in parliament. Places like Cornwall and Sussex lost the amount of MP’s as they were known as rotten boroughs (boroughs that sent too many MP’s to parliament compared to the size of their constituency and population) and industrial towns like Manchester gained more MP’s which is what they needed as they were growing in size due to new factories. However places such as pocket boroughs (where the landowner forced/bribed the workers into voting for them) still occurred as their was still public voting which allowed people to be intimidated into voting for a particular person. More problems that still
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