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Proportional RepresentationCritics of the British Electoral System 1820-1945$
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Jenifer Hart

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198201366

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201366.001.0001

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The First Campaign: Part II, 1884–1885

The First Campaign: Part II, 1884–1885

(p.100) V The First Campaign: Part II, 1884–1885
Proportional Representation

Jenifer Hart

Oxford University Press

It took about three and a half years before a reform bill was introduced, despite several Liberal candidates at the general election declaring that they would advocate the reform. As such, Sir John Lubbock and a few others thought that there was a need to further this cause through forming an association called the (British) Proportional Representation Society (PRS) wherein those who were in favour of adopting a system of proportional representation were invited to join. Sir John Lubbock — a Liberal who stood in parliament during the period between 1865 and 1868 and a Liberal who was able to introduce at least thirteen different bills that then became law while he was at the House of Commons — became president of the said organization. This chapter illustrates the aims of this organization and how advocacies were being promoted.

Keywords:   reform, Sir John Lubbock, parliament, Liberals, proportional representation, PRS

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