Why Was the Unreformed House of Commons Able to Reform Itself in 1832? Essay

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Why was the Unreformed House of Commons able to Reform itself in 1832? The splintering of the Tory party into several different factions played a part the Reform bill being able to be passed through the House of Commons. It split between the Huskissonites, The Ultras and the Small group of Support Wellington and Peel had managed to maintain. In 1832 Wellington tried to make a new Cabinet at the behest of this king but this crumbled when Peel refused to become involved in a Government that would pass Reform. The strong leadership of Grey over the Whigs was also a vital part of the road to reform as Grey was determined to get a Reform bill passed through Parliament (Reform that you can preserve) because of growing pressure from the middle class businessmen in Large cities that had no representation such as Birmingham and Manchester. The Political Unions such as the BPU and NPU helped in the passing of the Reform act by opposing the Duke of Wellington as he tried to form a Government after Grey had filed a resignation, They came up with the slogan “To stop the Duke, go for gold!” They took all of their stored gold out of public and private banks and planned to stop paying taxes. Though in reality The NPU and BPU could talk the talk, but they had no intention on starting a Revolution, that was more the area of the Radical NUWC who wanted to do away with the Monarchy and the House of

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