[Note 038.1]

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The 'reformer' is a supporter of reform of the electoral system. The Representation of the People Act 1832, known as the first Reform Act or Great Reform Act. The act dissolved many of the parliamentry seats that were effectively the property of members of the aristocracy and created 67 new constituencies that gave representation to cites which had previously not been represented in parliament [i]. Three of those places (Manchester, Birmingham and Macclesfield) are mentioned in verse 2 which also calls for parliamentary reform.

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[i] https://www.parliament.uk/about/living-heritage/evolutionofparliament/houseofcommons/reformacts/overview/reformact1832/