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Reasons why Britain became more democratic

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Jamie Halvorson

on 18 October 2012

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Traveling through the reform acts with Plumanities.org.uk How Did Britain Become Democratic? first things first, what does a democracy consist of? In a democracy everyone has equal franchise, there is no corruption, MP's get paid, there is a secret ballot, limited expenditures, the list goes on... So what led Britain to this? The Reform Acts The 1832 ReformAct This reform act increased the electorate from 435,000 to 652,000 men, seats where redistributed, and uniform voting was introduced. Although there was still no secret ballot. The 1867 Reform Act 2.5 million men could now vote, another 52 seats were distributed and more political power was given to the middle class. The 1872 Secret Ballot Act This secret ballot act combated bribery and allowed voting to be in secret. The 1883 Corrupt & Illegal Practices Act This limited MP's expenditure, stopping them bribing the public and also opening up an open playing field where everyone had similar funds. 1884 Representation of the people Act This doubled the electorate to 5 million people, it also allowed occupiers, not just owners of houses to vote in the election process. 1885 Redistribution of Seats Act This aimed to create constituencies of equal size, this meant that towns with smaller populations lost seats, although universities managed to keep two MP's! 1911 Parliament Act This led to a reduction in powers of the house of lords, this meant that they had no power over parliamentary budgets or over any laws. 1832 Reform Act 1867 reform Act 1872 secret ballot act 1883 Corrupt and illegal Practices Act 1884 representation of the people Act 1885 redistribution of Seats 1911 Parliamentary Act A Quick Timeline Of Events This? Or This? Well... The Reform Acts didn't just come out of no where, they were caused by many different factors, such as... Pressure Groups Social & Economic Change Politicians believed that they could gain a Political Advantage from passing the reform acts Changing Political Attitudes So, what was the Most effective Reform Act? The 1911 Reform Act I think that democracy relies on this act being in place, all is well if we are all able to vote, but the lords are not voted in, therefore it doesn't matter who can and can't vote, the rich, random punters were able to decide on what laws went through when they were not voted in. That is not democratic.
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