Monthly Archives: August 2021

‘Counted Out’. Parliamentary tactics in the reformed Commons

Counting the House, that is, establishing that a quorum existed for the conduct of Commons’ business, was described by Henry Lucy in 1886 as ‘perhaps one of the most useful agencies in Parliamentary procedure’. From 1640 a quorum of the … Continue reading

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The power of the (silk) purse: electioneering in nineteenth-century Macclesfield

This blog originally appeared on the main History of Parliament blog as part of its Local History series. One of the most significant aspects of the 1832 Reform Act was its redrawing of the electoral map, taking seats away from … Continue reading

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