pocket borough

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pocket borough

(before the Reform Act of 1832) an English borough constituency controlled by one person or family who owned the land
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The party has to work hard to mobilize new bases of support, mobilize the youth with all their new aspirations for change, strengthen grassroots organizational network, get the pulse of the common people and help meet their basic needs at least in places like its pocket boroughs in U.
The young writer Tom Macaulay sat for the Whig cabinet minister Lord Lansdowne's pocket borough.
Passionately they acclaimed each call made both for an extension of the franchise and the redistribution of Parliamentary seats away from rotten and pocket boroughs to the manufacturing towns of the Midlands and the north of England.
Council leader Peter Arnold said: "We wanted them to explain why they have been denying fair levels of resources by directing most of their cash to their own inner city pocket boroughs.
By now, however, even the gin-soaked buffoons and corrupt owners of pocket boroughs who made up great swathes of the Commons were getting uneasy about the life of this temporary measure.
Sitting on their family pocket boroughs with captive electorates, their wins were never in doubt.