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Talk - A Great Electioneer and his Motives Reconsidered: The 4th Duke of Newcastle

The 'Great' Reform Act of 1832 attempted a transformation in the system of parliamentary representation. In what ways did those who opposed the act interpret these changes and feel its consequences? Richard Gaunt, Associate Professor in History at the University of Nottingham, studies a notorious local 'boroughmonger' to see different perspectives from those usually advanced in the history books.

Image: Hustings in Newark, from The Illustrated London News, 28 February 1846. Central Store 1 Periodicals.