Sheep magazine Archive 2: issues 10-17


Lefty online magazine: issue 10, May 2016 to issue 17, November 2016

conditions. Throughout this whole period, life and work in Rochdale was

characterized by riots and strikes over food shortages, pay and working




The Right to Vote

1832 Great Reform Act. Before this time only landowners could vote for

MPs to sit in the House of Commons. This meant 1 in 7 men could vote.

(440,000 people) After 1832 the male urban middle classes gain the

vote, and so the electorate increases to 1 in 5 men (650,000 people).

1867 Second Reform Act. This extends the vote to the skilled urban male

working class. The electorate increases to 1 in 3 men.

1884 Third Reform Act. The vote is now given to working class men in

the countryside. The electorate is now 2 out of 3 men.

1918 Representation of the People Act. Almost all men over 21 years

old, and women over 30 years old now have the vote.

1928 Effectively all women and men over 21 now have the vote.

So scandalously, women had to fight on for their right to vote

until, because some Suffragettes supported the War, over 30s

got the vote in 1918 ... but others had to wait for equality until

finally all citizens over 21 had the vote in 1928.


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