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A Great Electioneer and His Motives Reconsidered: The 4th Duke of Newcastle

Gaunt, Richard A.

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The fourth duke of Newcastle (1785-1851) is recognised as one of the most prominent peers with electoral influence in early-19 th century Britain. This article considers the way in which he deployed that influence and the purposes to which it was turned. The essay explains why Newcastle became a leading symbol of the campaign for parliamentary reform and details the nature of his opposition to the Bill which eventually became the 'Great' Reform Act of 1832. In some respects, Newcastle was an atypical electioneer, because he was less overtly concerned with the desire for office, patronage or income. On the other hand, the methods by which that influence was deployed, and the anti-reform purposes to which it was turned, meant that he was inevitably numbered amongst the reactionary forces opposing political change in this period.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 5, 2019
Online Publication Date Feb 10, 2020
Publication Date Feb 10, 2020
Deposit Date Oct 14, 2019
Publicly Available Date Feb 11, 2022
Journal Parliamentary History
Print ISSN 0264-2824
Electronic ISSN 1750-0206
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 39
Issue 1
Pages 190-204
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/1750-0206.12484
Keywords Reform Act; Duke of Newcastle; Elections; House of lords; Earl Grey; Aldborough; Boroughbridge; Newark; East Retford; parliamentary reform; Sociology and Political Science; History
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/2826858
Publisher URL https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1750-0206.12484
Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Gaunt, R.A. (2020), A Great Electioneer and His Motives Reconsidered: The 4th Duke of Newcastle. Parliamentary History, 39: 190-204., which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/1750-0206.12484. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

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