Robert Woodall

Before Hansard

Robert Woodall describes the state of early parliamentary reporting, during a period when it was disapproved by Members .

The Ballot Act of 1872

A secret ballot at general elections had been a reformers’ demand since the seventeenth century. It was achieved two hundred years later, writes Robert Woodall, after much experience of bribery.

The Jewish Relief Act, 1858

Robert Woodall describes how twenty-nine years of public controversy preceded the political emancipation of British Jews.