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History essay How successful was Peels Great Ministry of 1841-46 To answer this question it is important to consider what Peel did and why he did it I think it is important to start with what Peels attitude at this time was like Ever since the Catholic emancipation saga ultras had partly lost trust in Peel and thought of him as a traitor When Peel started his career he made a speech about his hate for Catholics and the fact that they didnt deserve emancipation Peel also said before the election that he would not repeal the Corn Laws although the main reason for this was probably to oppose Whig ideals and to win the elections Peels party had of course now become the Conservative party that gave the impression that they had new ideas and new thinking would be employed in the policies of the party Peel owed a lot to the enlightened period under Lord Liverpools ministry when he was made one of the key ministers In the 1841 election however historians have argued that Peel won the election because of his traditional Tory rather than Conservative or enlightened ideas As far as social reform was concerned these were the changes that Peel made 1 The 1842 mines act which was a response to the dangerous working conditions revealed in the report of the royal commission that Peel had setup This meant that all children under the age of ten were not allowed to work in the mines and women were also forbidden to work underground 2 The factory act of 1844 which was mainly the work of Home secretary Sir James Graham This meant that the working hours for under 13s in factories would be reduced and that there would be better safety improvements in factories 3 The railway act was also passed in 1843 which was the work of the President of the board of trade William Gladstone This would
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