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John Wilkes - Liberty and Parliament

John Wilkes, an 18th Century MP who brought the question of electoral reform to Parliament.


The growth of urban areas and greater political awareness among the working classes led to demands for change


With the 1832 Reform Act giving hope that a more representative Parliament could be achieved, further reforms were gradually, if reluctantly, made as the 19th century progressed


The parliamentary landscape began to change with the first Reform Act

One Man One Vote

Established a uniform franchise throughout the country.

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Follow the dates and legislation that mark milestones in parliamentary reform

Key Dates

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Read about reforms of the House of Lords

The Parliament Acts and the role of the Lords