Reform Act 1832 (nonfiction)
The Act was championed by Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey.
According to its preamble, the Act was designed to "take effectual Measures for correcting divers Abuses that have long prevailed in the Choice of Members to serve in the Commons House of Parliament".
Before the reform, most members nominally represented boroughs.
Frequently the selection of MPs was effectively controlled by one powerful patron: for example Charles Howard, 11th Duke of Norfolk controlled eleven boroughs.
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- Reform Act 1832 @ Wikipedia