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The Whigs in Power 1830-41

Despite having won the general election of that year, in November 1830 the Duke of Wellington resigned following his anti-reform speech and the Whigs took power under Earl Grey. His Home Secretary was Lord John Russell. They had stood on an election platform of 'peace, retrenchment and reform' and now they formed the government, they were expected to deliver their promises.

Grey held office until he resigned in 1834; he was succeeded by Lord Melbourne who lost office in December 1834. At that point, Sir Robert Peel formed a short ministry. In April 1835, Melbourne resumed office and the Whigs continued to form a government until they lost the general election of 1841 to Peel and the Conservatives.

The Whigs were responsible for a great deal of legislation during the period 1830-40: they passed the

They also had to deal with popular movements like


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