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THE STRUGGLE FOR THE VOTE. The Battle for Change before 1832. The industrial revolution had created a new wealthy middle class in the towns who did not have the vote. To vote in Britain before 1832 you had to own land that was worth more than 40 shillings.

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the battle for change before 1832
The Battle for Changebefore 1832
  • The industrial revolution had created a new wealthy middle class in the towns who did not have the vote
  • To vote in Britain before 1832 you had to own land that was worth more than 40 shillings.

Why didn’t the Government want to give the vote to the working class?

  • There was no secret ballot like today
the battle for change 1832
The Battle for Change 1832
  • A Reform Act was passed in 1832
  • HOWEVER, it only gave the vote to middle class men
  • All women and the working class were left out
the chartists 1839 1848
The Chartists 1839 - 1848

Working class people were disappointed by the Reform Act and many joined together in Chartist groups.

  • The Chartistscampaigned for votes for the working class. They demanded:
    • The vote for every man over 21
    • A secret ballot
    • No property qualification for MPs
    • Payment for MPs
    • Equal constituencies
    • Annual Parliaments
the chartists 1839 18481
The Chartists 1839 - 1848
  • Some Chartists wanted to win by peaceful persuasion. They presented Parliament with three huge petitions – which were ignored
  • Others believed they could only win by using Physical Force – there were strikes and riots.
votes for working class men
Votes for Working Class Men
  • In 1867 better-off working class men in towns got the vote.
  • - Male house owners over 21
  • - Male lodgers who paid 10 pounds in rent
other important events
Other Important Events
  • The Secret Ballot Act 1872
  • 1911 – MPs were given a salary
  • 1928 – all women over 21 given the vote
  • In 1884 working class men in the countryside got the vote
  • In 1918 Property qualifications for men were abolished and women over 30 gained the vote
votes for young people 1969
Votes for Young People - 1969
  • In 1969 the voting age was lowered to 18
  • Now every British Citizen can vote unless you are:
    • Insane
    • In prison
    • A Lord
  • What next? Votes

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