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Reform League


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1865–9.

The Reform League was established in 1865 to press for manhood suffrage and the ballot. It collaborated with the more moderate and middle‐class Reform Union and its parliamentary spokesmen included Gladstone and John Bright. It gave strong support to Russell's bill in 1866 and the Hyde Park riots, a by‐product of the mass protest meetings in July 1866, helped to push through Disraeli's second Reform Act.

Subjects: British History.


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