Monthly Archives: August 2013

What’s in a name? Part 2: from science to soup

In Part I of our ‘What’s in a name?’ blog, we looked at some of the many places named in honour of nineteenth-century MPs, including the site of the world’s largest Adélie penguin colony and one of Cape Town’s main … Continue reading

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Elections after the secret ballot

Following on from Philip Salmon’s recent post about elections before the secret ballot, you can now see Kathryn Rix’s post on the main History of Parliament blog about the first poll under the 1872 Ballot Act, held at Pontefract 141 years … Continue reading

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MP of the Month: Michael Thomas Bass

Michael Thomas Bass (1799-1884) was one of Victorian Britain’s most successful businessmen, but as this blog shows, he was also a highly effective MP. Taking over the management of his family’s Burton-on-Trent brewery in 1827, he converted the firm of … Continue reading

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Elections before the secret ballot

This month marks the 141st anniversary of the first use of the secret ballot to elect an MP, at a by-election in the Yorkshire borough of Pontefract. Before the 1872 Ballot Act, and throughout the period covered by our Victorian … Continue reading

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