Question re: Obtaining a place in Parliament
Posted by ElaineL on August 04, 1998 at 09:15:41:
I am having difficulty understanding some of the historical references to how people found their way into the House of Commons during the late 18th/early 19th century. It sounds as though in some counties (is that correct--the electoral areas were called counties?) those meeting a certain class distinction or land distinction could vote and the candidates campaigned to win their seats. But it also seems implied that other counties were still controlled by the Lord (from the House of Lords who happened to live in that particular county. He was the one who gave the seat to whom ever he chose--he didn't even need to have come from that electoral area. And often he was a relative. The result was that even in the 19th c. both the House of Lords and the House of Commons was essentially still controlled by the aristocracy. Am I understanding this correctly?
I appreciate any help! EL
- Lords and Commons Jane Elizabeth 13:49:31 8/04/98 (5)
- Thanks JE--I shall look for it! (NFM) ElaineL 16:56:36 8/05/98 (0)
- House of Commons elections pre-1832 The Mysterious H.C. 23:45:02 8/04/98 (3)
- Parliamentary Representation John W 04:48:41 8/08/98 (0)
- Wonderful encapsulation! Now when you say... ElaineL 16:54:41 8/05/98 (0)
- That's about as expert as it gets, H., despite your modesty nfm Jane Elizabeth 13:18:48 8/05/98 (0)
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