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Christopher Wyvill's Yorkshire Association was launched in 1779 when taxation was biting as a result of the American War. A programme of retrenchment was taken up by the Rockingham opposition, partly to embarrass North's ministry, partly to weaken the influence of the crown. The triumph of the campaign was the carrying in April 1780 of Dunning's motion that the influence of the crown ‘ought to be diminished’. The Rockinghams achieved a modest measure of reform when they came to power in 1782. See also Place acts.

Subjects: British History.

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