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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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Equal Franchise Act 1928

In 1918 some women were given the vote as part of a wider expansion of the franchise. However restrictions including an age qualification of thirty years meant they still did not have the vote on equal terms with men. Full equality came ten years later when on 2 July 1928 the Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act became law. Women became a majority of the electorate, comprising 52.7 per cent of the potential voters.

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Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act 1928



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Parliamentary Archives, HL/PO/PU/1/1928/18&19G5c12