When the people spoke: the Great Reform Act

Antonia Fraser's latest book explores one of the key moments in Britain's electoral history: the Great Reform Act. Here, she spoke to Matt Elton about a crisis in which the populace's demands for greater representation almost triggered a revolution

The 1832 Reform Act made wide-ranging changes to the British electoral system, creating 67 new constituencies, disenfranchising 56 boroughs and reducing another 31 to a single MP.  (The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images)

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