Vote 100 anniversaries

2018 marks a series of important anniversaries that have helped to shape democracy in the UK. Throughout the year, Parliament will be celebrating the laws and events that ensured that everyone now has the right to vote on the same basis. 

Key anniversaries

  • 1918 Representation of the People Act (100 years)

    All men over 21 and women over 30 years old received the vote if they were either a member or married to a member of the Local Government Register, a property owner, or a graduate voting in a University constituency.

  • 1958 Life Peerages Act (60 years)

    Life peers of both sexes to be members of the Lords.

  • 1928 Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act (90 years)

    Gave women electoral equality with men.

  • 1918 Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act (100 years)

     Gave women over 21 the right to stand for election as an MP.1918 General Election (100 years)

  • Women over 30 (and all men) vote in a General Election for the first time.