The Reform Bill [of 1832] was not calculated materially to improve the general composition of the Legislature. The good it has done, which is considerable, chiefly in this, that, by being so great a change, it has weakened the superstitious feeling against great changes. — John Stuart Mill, “Coleridge”

Disenfranchisement Clauses

The First Reformed Parliament. 1843.


Franchise Qualification

The borough franchise was regularised. The right of voting was vested in all householders paying a yearly rental of £10 and, subject to one year residence qualification £10 lodgers (if they were sharing a house and the landlord was not in occupation).

In the counties, the franchise was granted to:

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Last modified April 1997

Epigraph added 15 July 2019