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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