Earl Grey

‘Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, K.G.’, Monochrome mezzotint by Samuel Cousins, 1830 © Palace of Westminster Collection, WOA 965 www.parliament.uk/art

Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey was Prime Minister between 1830 and 1834 and MP for Northumberland (1786-1807), Appleby (1807) and Tavistock (1807). Grey supported the passing of the Great Reform Act in 1832, heralding in the start of an era of rapid social and political change. This section explores his life and career in Parliament.

Early life and election to Parliament

What was Grey's early life like?

Early involvement with reform

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Entry into the House of Lords

When did Charles Grey become Earl Grey?

Prime Minister, 1830-1834

When did the Whigs come back into power? What change did Grey affect as Prime Minister?

Resignation and retirement

When did Earl Grey retire as Prime Minister? What was his later life like?

Related information

The De Montfort Project is an outreach project run by the Parliamentary Archives which explores the life and impact of local MPs and Peers on both their local area and at Parliament.

Related information

Biographies of Ellen Wilkinson, Jack Lawson, Earl Grey and Joseph Cowen can be found on the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.