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The State Opening of Parliament 

The UK general election took place on Thursday 4 July 2024. The new Parliament met on Tuesday 9 July 2024 for the election of the Speaker and swearing-in of MPs and Lords. The State Opening of Parliament and The King’s Speech will take place on Wednesday 17 July 2024.

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1872 Ballot Act

One of the Chartists' demands was for the secret ballot.  The 1872 Act to amend the Law relating to Procedure at Parliamentary and Municipal Elections, also known as the Ballot Act, introduced the secret ballot for local and government elections.


1872 Ballot Act



Catalogue number

Parliamentary Archives HL/PO/PU/1/1872/35&36V1n103