Birmingham Political Union

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Thomas Attwood (1783—1856) politician and currency theorist

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Formed in 1830 by Thomas Attwood to press for parliamentary reform as a remedy for economic distress. Led by local businessmen and manufacturers, the BPU aimed to unite middle‐ and working‐class reformers in a programme based on currency reform and household suffrage. After the passing of the 1832 Reform Bill, the BPU fell apart and was virtually dissolved in 1834.

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