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Draft Parliamentary Representation Bill, 1859

Item 91. Strategies & 'Fancy Franchises',
Draft Parliamentary Representation Bill. 1859
In March 1859 Disraeli introduced a Second Reform Bill to extend the franchise, fulfilling a pledge made by Lord Derby at the opening of the 1859 session. Disraeli was the author of the 'fancy franchises' - as the Radical John Bright termed them. The bill was too partisan and its defeat by the Liberals and the Radicals brought down the government.
Dep. Hughenden 43/3, fols. 132-3

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