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Charles Pelham Villiers: Aristocratic Victorian Radical : the Member for Wolverhampton, 1835-1898, and Father of the House of Commons

Author: Roger Swift
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, 2017.
Series: Routledge studies in modern British history, 15.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book provides the first biographical study of Charles Pelham Villiers (1802-1898), whose long UK parliamentary career spanned numerous government administrations under twenty different prime ministers. Villiers played a pre-eminent role in the Anti-Corn Law League as its parliamentary champion, introduced an important series of Poor Law reforms and later split with William Gladstone over the issue of Irish
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Charles Pelham Villiers; Charles Pelham Villiers
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roger Swift
ISBN: 9781138288355 1138288357
OCLC Number: 962233608
Description: 327 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The making of a radical --
The member for Wolverhampton --
The young Parliamentarian --
The campaign against the Corn Laws --
Interlude --
The cabinet minister --
The view from the backbenches --
Gladstone and the home rule crisis --
The father of the House --
Epilogue.
Series Title: Routledge studies in modern British history, 15.
Responsibility: Roger Swift.

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"This book provides the first biographical study of Charles Pelham Villiers (1802-1898), whose long UK parliamentary career spanned numerous government administrations under twenty different prime ministers. Villiers played a pre-eminent role in the Anti-Corn Law League as its parliamentary champion, introduced an important series of Poor Law reforms and later split with William Gladstone over the issue of Irish Home Rule, turning thereafter to Liberal Unionism. Hence Villiers, who remains the longest-serving MP in British parliamentary history, was intimately involved with many of the great issues of the Victorian Age in Britain"--Provided by publisher.

"An aristocrat from a privileged background, Villiers was elected to Parliament as a Radical in 1835 and subsequently served the constituency of Wolverhampton for sixty-three years until his death in 1898. A staunch Liberal free trader throughout his life, Villiers played a pre-eminent role in the Anti-Corn Law League as its parliamentary champion, introduced an important series of Poor Law reforms and later split with William Gladstone over the issue of Irish Home Rule, turning thereafter to Liberal Unionism. Hence Villiers, who remains the longest-serving MP in British parliamentary history, was intimately involved with many of the great issues of the Victorian Age in Britain"--Provided by publisher.

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