The Architects of the 1832 Reform Act Were Conservative in their Aims

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The Architects of the 1832 Reform Act Were Conservative in their Aims

The main aim of the Reform Act of 1832 as far as those in Parliament
were concerned, was to qualm the ever-growing calls made by vast
numbers of the British public for a movement of reform and ensure that
aristocratic government could be maintained. Democracy was not an
entity that Members of Parliament wanted to envisage, something which
was emphasised by the French revolution of 1789. By passing the Reform
Act of 1832, the calls for outright democracy would be weakened and
MPs would be largely allowed to remain in their seats. This is in
conflict with the aims of the sections of the British public
advocating reform, especially
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This shows that the architects of the 1832 Reform Act
were conservative in their aims because their aims were not reflecting
the aims of the groups demanding reform in the UK. The majority of the
British public wanted a democratic elected sole governing body as the
outcome of a Reform bill introduced into parliament, whilst the
outcome in the eyes of those in parliament was to be no more radical
than to remove and redistribute a few hundred seats. Sir Robert Peel,
a strong anti-reformer, argued that the issue of reform could not be
dismissed for a long period of time because of growing pressures
amongst the British public and that the introduction of a reform bill
in 1832 which did not provide a great deal of actual reform, would
reduce the pressures on parliament. 'but can we resist for seven years
reform in parliament'

The call for parliamentary reform had been established as early as
1780, but as the movement intensified during the late 1820's, the
number of those who got involved with the movement increased and with
this, the aims of groups proposing reform became increasingly
revolutionary in their outlook. With growing public outcry over the
issue of reform, MP's who had previously been very anti-reform during
the early periods of rebellion started to seriously consider…

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