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The Gathering of the Political Unions, May 1832

"The Gathering of the Unions" on New Hall Hill, Birmingham from sketches taken during the three successive meetings in May 1832, by Henry Harris, Birmingham, printed by G. Hullmandel and published 20 August 1832 by the artist, to demand the passing of the third Reform Bill.

The Birmingham Political Union had taken the lead in the Parliamentary Reform agitation of 1830-1832 and the largest of the mass-meetings of the Political Unions which took place on 7 May, 1832, had an estimated attendance of 200,000 people. However, the Bill was defeated in the House of Lords that same evening and Earl Grey, the Prime Minister, resigned. After further agitation and demonstrations, particularly in the Midlands, Grey was recalled and the Bill reintroduced, finally receiving Royal Assent on 7 June 1832.

Title The Gathering of the Political Unions, May 1832
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Production Date 1832
Format Engraving
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Holding Institution TUC Library Collections, London Metropolitan University
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