26. Palmerston, South Hampshire and Electoral Politics, 1832-1835

26. Palmerston, South Hampshire and Electoral Politics, 1832-1835
Hampshire Papers 26: Palmerston, South Hampshire and Electoral Politics, 1832-1835
by David Brown (2003)

Lord Palmerston was not only one of the 19th century's most prominent politicians and statesmen. He also enjoyed close links with Hampshire, as a local landowner at Broadlands, near Romsey, and in the early 1830s as MP for the Southern Division of the county, recently established as a constituency under the terms of the 1832 Reform Act.

This paper is concerned with the political connection between Palmerston and the county and examines the political landscape of early 19th century Hampshire. It brings to life the election of 1832 and, using a range of primary sources, reveals the main issues of the day - parliamentary reform, agricultural conditions and the abolition of slavery - and the ways in which Palmerston, his agents and supporters worked to secure victory in the face of considerable Tory opposition. The paper also examines the shift in the county's politics between 1832 and the next election in 1835, when Lord Palmerston and Sir George Staunton were surprised to find themselves defeated by the Conservative candidates.

Physical description 295mm x 210mm; softback; 26 pages.
Published in 2003 by Hampshire County Council.
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