British Values in Action: Votes for Working Men

What happened next - the 1832 Great Reform Act

Henry Hunt won another election held in Preston in 1831. He worked hard in parliament to fight for working menís Ė and womenís Ė rights. 

The Great Reform Act:

But in 1832 came the Great Reform Act. This changed the voting rules so that, although more working men across Britain could vote, Preston actually then had FEWER working men voting! Very unfair on Preston, and also on Henry Hunt, who lost the Preston election of 1833.

The cause for working menís votes was not all lost though. Hunt and others like him continued to campaign, as this banner (pictured above) from the Preston election of 1841 shows.


When did working people get the vote?

However, it wasnít until 1918 that (almost) all men were allowed to vote. Women could not vote at all until 1918, and did not have the same rights as men until 1928. 

What happened to Hunt and Stanley?

Henry Hunt died in 1835, but Edward Stanley went on to be the 14th Earl of Derby and Prime Minister three times until his death in 1869. 

Glossary:

Campaign - To arrange lots of  events to persuade people about something
Election - An event where someone is chosen for a job by a vote
Member of Parliament (MP) - Someone people vote for to represent their local area in Parliament

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