History

The Great Reform Act of 1832: its legacy and influence on the Coalition’s reform agenda

House of Commons in the 19th centuryThat’s the title for the next Liberal Democrat History Group meeting, on Monday 24 January, for which I’m one of the speakers. Here are the details:

The Great Reform Act of 1832: its legacy and influence on the Coalition’s reform agenda

Soon after becoming Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg promised “the most significant programmes of reform by a British government since the 19th century…. the biggest shake-up of our democracy since 1832.” But how do the Coalition government’s constitutional changes actually compare to the changes brought in by the Great Reform Bill of 1832?

Dr Philip Salmon of the History of Parliament Trust will talk about the background to the passing of the Great Reform Bill and the impact of 1832 on British political history. Dr Mark Pack, co-editor of Lib Dem Voice and former Head of Innovations at Cowley Street, will draw comparisons between 1832 and the Coalition reform agenda.

Chair: William Wallace (Lord Wallace of Saltaire, government whip in the Lords).
Venue: Lady Violet Room, National Liberal Club, Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2HE

Note: you don’t have to be a member of either the NLC or the History Group to attend this meeting.

The AGM is on 24 January at 6:30pm, followed by the talks and discussion at 7:00pm.

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