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E. A. Smith

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198201632

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201632.001.0001

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Prime Minister, 1830–1834

Prime Minister, 1830–1834

(p.254) 6 Prime Minister, 1830–1834
Lord Grey 1764–1845

E. A. Smith

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Grey's appointment as Prime Minister. It describes the passage of the Great Reform Bill and how he dealt with all other issues of government and policy that arose during the time and for two years after the Bill was passed. As Prime Minister, Grey guided his country through a process of reform that strengthened those traditional values and institutions which he always respected and revered. The Great Reform Act remains Grey's supreme achievement. His succession to the Premiership in 1830 had shown that he still enjoyed general respect and authority as leader of the Whig party and of reformist opinion, and his handling of the long crisis on 1831–2 entitled him to the great reputation his name was to enjoy for the rest of the century and beyond.

Keywords:   Grey, Prime Minister, Great Reform Bill, policy, reform, Great Reform Act, Whig Party

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