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Robert Lowe MP was considered the Second Reform Bill’s ‘greatest critic’. Lowe believed strongly in continuing Lord Palmerston’s objections to the concept of further political reform, arguing that Parliament should not be bullied into reform. Lowe argued that the previous Reform Bill had not ignored the conditions of the working man and advocated that increased enfranchisement would only lead to the swift descent. In these letters Robert Lowe writes to Henry Sherbrooke about the ‘folly of the government’ in introducing the Reform Bill and boasts that he has ‘put a spoke in Bright’s wheel’. John Bright MP was a veteran radical who supported Gladstone in pushing the Bill through both houses.
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