Political Reforms 1812-1931

Reforms to British government during this period. Including uprisings, PM, pressure groups etc

Main

Corn Law

1815

Game Laws

1816

Income Tax Repeal

1816

Suspension of Habeas Corpus

1817

Seditious Meetings Act

1817

Return to Gold Standard

1819

Six Acts

1819

Roman Catholic Emancipation

1819

Roman Catholics now allowed to become MPs

Reciprocity of Duties Act

1823

Gales Act

1823

Navigation Laws relaxed

1823

Repeal of Combination Laws

1824

Amending Act

1825

Remodeling of Penal Code

1825 - 1828

The Great Reform Act

1832

Factory Act

1833

Poor Law

1834

Municipal Corporations Act

1835

Canada Act

1840

Puts Lord Durham's report into action

Mines Act

1842

Bank Act

1844

Factory Act

1844

Public Health Act

1848

Companies Act

1861

Gladstone's failed Reform Bill

1866

Second Reform Act

1867

British North America Act

1867

Education Act

1870

Land Act

1870

Trade Union Act

1871

Ballot Act

1872

Agricultural Holdings Act

1875

Ground Game Act

1880

Coercion Bill

1881

Corrupt Practices Act

1883

Third Reform Act

1884

Redistribution Act

1885

Local Government Act

1888

Naval Defense Act

1889

Trade Disputes Act

1906

Parliament Act

1911

The Prisoners (Temporarily Discharged for Ill Health) Act

1913

Eligibility of Women Act

1918

Representation of the People Act

1918

Representation of the People Act

1928

Prime Minister

Lord Liverpool

1812 - 1827

Conservative Party

Canning

1827

Liverpool resigned

Lord Goderich

1827 - 1828

Duke of Wellington

1828 - 1830

Lord Grey

1830 - 1834

Whig

Lord Melborne

1834

Peel

1834 - 1846

Conservative

Lord Russell

1846 - Feb 1852

Whig

Earl of Derby

Feb 1852 - Dec 1852

Conservative

Earl of Aberdeen

Dec 1852 - 1855

Peelite

Lord Palmerston

1855 - 1858

Whig

Earl of Derby

1858 - 1859

Conservative

Lord Palmerston

1859 - 1865

Liberal

Earl Russell

1865 - 1866

Liberal

Earl of Derby

1866 - 1868

Conservative

Benjamin Disraeli

1868

Conservative

William Gladstone

1868 - 1874

Liberal

Benjamin Disraeli

1874 - 1880

Conservative

William Gladstone

1880 - 1885

Liberal

Sailsbury

1885 - 1886

Conservative

William Gladstone

1886

Liberal

Sailsbury

1886 - 1892

Conservative

William Gladstone

1892 - 1894

Liberal

Earl of Rosebery

1894 - 1895

Liberal

Sailsbury

1895 - 1902

Conservative

Arthur Balfour

1902 - 1905

Conservative

Campbell-Bannermann

1905 - 1908

Liberal

Asquith

1908 - 1916

Liberal

Lloyd George

1916 - 1922

Liberal

Law

1922 - 1923

Conservative

Baldwin

1923 - 1924

Conservative

MacDonald

1924

Labour

Baldwin

1924 - 1929

Conservative

MacDonald

1929 - 1935

Labour / National Labour

Pressure Groups

Luddism

1811 - 1816

L.W.M.A is formed

1836

Chartism

1836 - 1848

National Charter Association was founded

1840

Reform Union

1864

Reform League

1865 - 1869

Women's Social and Political Union

1903

Uprisings

Spa Field Riots

1816

March of the Blanketeers

March 1817

Pentrich Rising

June 1817

Peterloo Massacre

1819

Cato Street Conspiracy

1820

Queen Caroline Affair

1820 - 1821

People's Charter Drawn Up

1837

People's Charter first published

1838

People's Charter defeated

1839

235 votes - 46 vot

Newport Rising

1839

Plug Riots

1842

Garibaldi League Riots

1864

Hyde Park Riots

1866

External Factors

Epidemics, Civil Wars, Death of Key Figures

Battle of Waterloo

1815

Ended the Napoleonic Wars

Death of George III

1820

George IV crowned

1821

Cabinet Changes

1822 - 1823

Younger MPs are brought in

Daniel O'Connell becomes MP

1828

Railways opened

1830

Period of Recession and Unemployment

1838 - 1839

Durham's Report

1839

Period of Poverty

1841

Public Health Reform

1842

Period of Recession and Unemployment

1842

Irish Potato Famine

1845

Bad Harvest

1846 - 1847

Period of Recession and Unemployment

1847 - 1848

American Civil War

1861 - 1865