History

How do the government’s political reforms measure up to the Great Reform Act?

Earlier this year I spoke in the National Liberal Club alongside the History of Parliament Trust’s Philip Salmon (and author of a very good book) about the historical context for the Coalition Government’s political reform program.

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 do the Coalition government’s constitutional changes deserve comparison to the changes brought in by the Great Reform Act of 1832?

My answer is very much a Yes, and to find out why you can listen to the podcast which Alex has kindly put together over on Liberal Democrat Voice, complete with opening jingle.

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