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Representation of the People Acts,

statutes enacted by the British Parliament to continue the extension of the franchise begun by the Reform Bills (see under Reform ActsReform Acts
or Reform Bills,
in British history, name given to three major measures that liberalized representation in Parliament in the 19th cent. Representation of the counties and boroughs in the House of Commons had not, except for the effects of parliamentary
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). As a result of the government's dependence on the unified efforts of the whole people in World War I the Representation of the People Act of 1918 qualified as voters (with a few exceptions) women over 30 years of age and all men of 21 years or over who could establish short residence. The basis of representation in the House of Commons was fixed at 1 to 70,000. The Representation of the People Act of 1928 qualified all women on the same terms as men. The Representation of the People Act of 1949 reenacted and codified previous legislation relating to the conduct of elections and illegal electoral practices; it abolished the university constituencies and the additional vote given to the occupiers of business premises, thus eliminating plural voting. The Representation of the People Act of 1969 lowered the voting age to 18.
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CHORUS Theatre in partnership with Charnwood Arts will be delivering a weekend of Heritage Lottery funded events in May 2018 to celebrate 100 Years since the Representation of the People Act, when women were first given the vote.
The Representation of the People Act 1918 was a vital step forwards for gender equality, and the centenary of the Act is an incredibly important opportunity for us to reflect on how far we have come, thanks to the extreme bravery and sacrifice of the women who fought - and in some cases died - for equality.
The march ended in Trafalgar Square, where many important speeches campaigning for women's right to vote took place in the lead-up to the Representation of the People Act of 1918.
The momentous anniversary of the Representation of the People Act was marked by a parliamentary debate led by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
DAVID Hanson - Labour MP for Delyn - is supporting a year-long programme of events organised by the UK Parliament to mark 100 years since the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which gave all men and some women the vote for the first time.
The Government is facing calls to pardon female activists jailed before the implementation of the Representation of the People Act, 100 years ago yesterday.
THE great-granddaughter of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst has struck a commemorative 50p coin to mark the centenary of the passing through Parliament of the Representation of the People Act.
The Royal Mint is also issuing 50p coins marking a century since the passing of the Representation of the People Act which gave women over 30 the right to vote.
A 50p coin will celebrate the political landmark of 100 years since women, at least those over the age of 30, were first given the vote with a design displaying Representation of the People Act which made it possible.
Such display falls within the definition of election matter under Section 126 (3) of Representation of the People Act, 1951 and display of such election matter within 48 hours ending with hour fixed for conclusion of poll in the poll going arears, amounts to violation of Section 126 (1)(b) of Representation of the People Act, 1951.
The Representation of the People Act states it illegal to "induce a voter to display his ballot paper after he has marked it".
Craig Mackinlay - who beat Nigel Farage in South Thanet in 2015 - protested his innocence after being charged with offences under the Representation of the People Act 1983.

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