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Gladstone Centenary Essays$
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David Bebbington and Roger Swift

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853239253

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313202

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Gladstone and Parliamentary Reform

Gladstone and Parliamentary Reform

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(p.75) Gladstone and Parliamentary Reform
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Gladstone Centenary Essays
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Roland Quinault
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853239253.003.0005

This chapter examines Gladstone's involvement in parliamentary reform. His involvement can be divided into two distinct phases: in the first phase, he was a Tory anti–reformer; and in the second phase, he was a Liberal reformer. Gladstone began his parliamentary career as a Tory opponent of the 1832 Reform Act, but he became a convert to moderate reform while he was still a Peelite Tory. When he introduced the 1866 Reform Bill, he still described himself as a ‘Liberal Conservative’. Subsequently, as the leader of the Liberal party and Prime Minister, he remained a cautious and pragmatic reformer. Thus, Gladstone's attitude to reform did not advance in a simple linear progression from a stance of Tory opposition to one of Liberal support.

Keywords:   parliament, reform, Peelite Toryism, Liberal party, Liberal Conservativism

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