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Benjamin Disraeli

Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) was the great intellectual political figure of the 19th Century Parliament. His life was defined by his passion for politics and his other great love, that of novel writing.

The call for Reform in the 1860s never sat comfortably with Disraeli's conservative viewpoint but as agitation grew over the matter he had to acquiesce but that did not mean he would bend to the will of adversaries such as Gladstone. The debates for reform were dominated by his refusal to accept many of the Liberal amendments and the following year after the Second Reform Act was passed, Disraeli became Prime Minister.