Russell's Administration of 1846-52

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Russell's Administration of 1846-52 The liberals believed that change was essential to preserve the importance of the political system. This showed they were accepted reform, a lot more than the conservatives. This however was slightly limited to the beliefs of the Whigs. The liberals also believed in free trade, as did the Whigs and therefore were in favor of disposing of the Corn Laws. They had open attitudes to the allowing the middle class into the framework, and hence worked on the franchise. The middle class was the liberals target vote and so they were also in favor of a cheap government, remaining keen on low taxes due to their economic policies. They had a respect for the rights of the ordinary Englishman. Also taking into account their laissez-faire approach, less emphasis on the role of the government. The liberals saw the political system superior to those of the European countries and the democratic excess of USA. In addition they wanted a restriction on the monarchs use of power and similarly they put less emphasis on the importance of the Church of England, and felt that religion did not matter; they had sympathy towards the nonconformist denominations, valuing equality. The Whigs passed the Great Reform Act in 1832; It extended franchise and in the process removed a large amount of the rotten boroughs, making the political system slightly less corrupt. This had quite a big impact, which also leads to the repeal of the Corn Laws, both Liberals and Whigs were for those acts. Another liberal impact was the Factory Reform Act, which meant the men and women factory workers could only work 10 hours a day, following Earl Grey's act in 1850 which meant if they disobeyed they act they would be punished. This act was anticipated before the protest of the amount of work, which indicated the liberals were looking out for the middle class. They also introduced the Sugar Act in 1848, which removed the trading privileges of British West Indies. Russell's ministry also repealed the Navigation Laws in 1849, allowing overseas traders to use any
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