The Representation of the People Act gave the vote to all men over Liberals claimed that 'the middle classes, strengthened by the best of the artisans, would still have the preponderance of power'.
This increased the electorate to almost 2. Lord John Russellwho in became the first Earl Russell, attempted this in ; but the Prime Minister, Lord Palmerstona fellow Liberalwas against any further electoral reform. The following day placards started to go up all over the country announcing a mass demonstration for universal manhood suffrage on 6th May.
Although the bill left the working classes and large sections of the lower middle classes without the vote, it gave the new middle classes a share in responsible government and thus quieted political agitation.
Robert Cecil3rd Marquis of Salisbury, complained that "all the precautions, guarantees, and securities in the Bill" had disappeared. The bill was thus defeated and the Liberal government of Russell resigned. Results Sinceboth males and females who have reached the age of 18 years have the right to vote and there is even some debate today about whether this age should be lowered to 16 years.
Palmerston, the powerful Liberal leader, was dead and the Liberal Party split and defeated. Inall voters had to be male adults over 21 years of age and the right to vote was still based upon a property qualification. See Article History Reform Bill, any of the British parliamentary bills that became acts in, and —85 and that expanded the electorate for the House of Commons and rationalized the representation of that body.
He argued that once trade unionists had the vote they would demand the reduction of the working day to "eight hours".
This meant that voters could be offered bribes or be subject to intimidation in order to vote a certain way. Probably about one in four men would have been able to vote, instead of the existing one in five.
The Act was tidied up with many further Acts to alter electoral boundaries. Despite this prediction, in the Conservatives lost the first general election in which the newly enfranchised electors voted.
When Palmerston died inhowever, the floodgates for reform were opened. There is no doubt an immense power of expansion; and therefore Consequently, the bill was more far-reaching than any Members of Parliament had thought possible or really wanted; Disraeli appeared to accept most reform proposals, so long as they did not come from William Ewart Gladstone.
The electoral system had remained the same since it was put in place by the Reform Act. However, as Disraeli explained this had nothing to do with democracy: Let them set their backs up, and show their bristles, and they would get the Reform Bill they wanted. The high point came when a demonstration in May in Hyde Park was banned by the government.
That sum is undoubtedly unattainable by the peasantry, and by mere hand labour, except in very rare circumstances, but it is generally attainable by artisans and skilled labourers.
Reform Bill: Reform Bill, any of the British parliamentary bills that became acts in, and –85 and that expanded the electorate for the House of Commons and rationalized the representation of that body. Between the Reform Act and the Representation of the People Act, democratic reform grew at a faster pace than at any other time.
The electoral system had remained the same since it was. Second Reform Act The Reform Act proved that change was possible.
The parliamentary elite felt that they had met the need for change but among the working classes there were demands for more. In the United Kingdom, the Representation of the People Act (48 & 49 Vict. c. 3, also known informally as the Third Reform Act) and the Redistribution Act of the following year were laws which further extended the suffrage in Britain after the Derby Government's Reform Act In the second reform act was passed by Disraeli, there were many factors which brought about the reform act and public pressure was definitely one of them however there were other factors which helped the reform act to be passed, such as the conservatives being opportunists, the personal ambitions of Disraeli and also the fear of unrest that pushed the act to be passed.
Janice Carlisle, “On the Second Reform Act, ″ Abstract The Second Reform Act, arguably the signal political event of the s, enfranchised large numbers of working-class men by setting a new financial standard for the suffrage.1867 reform act