The Evolution of England's Democracy

  • Jan 1, 1215

    Signing of the Magna Carta

    Signing of the Magna Carta
    The King was no longer an absolute monarch and the Great Council was created (the equivalent of the current House of Lords).
  • Period: Jan 1, 1532 to Jan 1, 1536


    The Catholics and Protestants split and the Church of England was formed.
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    Colonial Distress

    Relations with the thirteen colonies became strained due to American citizens wantning more rights.
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    Civil War

    Civil war was coupled with Restoration. Charles I was also beheaded.
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    Glorious Revolution

    During this time, it became mandatory that the King had to be anglican and accountable to Parliament.
  • Act of Settlement

    The act went into practice and succession procedures were regularized.
  • Great Reform Act

    Great Reform Act
    The act was not extensive and only 300,000 more men got the vote.
  • Second Reform Act

    Second Reform Act
    The Second act doubled the size of the electorate, improving the democracy, and political parties were formed.
  • Loss of Power for the House of Lords

    Loss of Power for the House of Lords
    The democracy was further improved due to stripping the House of Lords of its power.
  • Strike

    The Trade Union Congress called for a general strike and masses of people left work.
  • Great Depression

    The Great Depression hit Great Britain very hard and no party had a majority in Parliament. Also the Conservative and Labour governments successed.
  • Beveridge Report

    Beveridge Report
    The report called for a social insurance program for every citizen.
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    Collectivist Consensus

    The govenement and the people were in favor of welfare and a mixed economy.
  • National Health Service

    National Health Service
    The National Health Service was created. It is abbreviated by the letters NHS and operates through use of a taxation system.
  • Cuts on Welfare

    Cuts on Welfare
    There was a slight decrease in the interventionist state and Thatcher was elected.
  • Tony Blair

    Tony Blair
    Tony Blair was elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Also support for the Labour party increased and it gained a greater majority.
  • Blair's Resignation

    Blair's Resignation
    Tony Blair resigned from the position of Prime Minister and was replaced by Gordon Brown.
  • Hung Parliament

    Hung Parliament
    David Cameron fell short in votes so a "hung parliament" resulted with no majority. However, Queen Elizabeth II asked Cameron to become the Prime Minister.