HC Deb 09 June 1836 vol 34 cc215-6
Mr. Wakley

presented a petition from a numerous meeting of the electors of the county of Middlesex, against the Lords' amendments to the Corporation Reform Bill for Ireland. The petitioners expressed a hope that that House would support its dignity at this important crisis, and sympathise with the people throughout the empire, by rejecting with indignation and scorn the attempts of the House of Lords to interfere with the extension of justice to Ireland on similar principles to those already acted on in the case of England and Scotland. He fully concurred in the prayer of the petition.

Sir George Sinclair

begged to know whether the petitioners prayed for a Reform in the House of Lords?

Alderman Wood

said, if the hon. Member wished it, he was sure the House would have no objection to have it read at length. The petitioners expressed their opinion very strongly of the necessity of some change in the House of Lords.

Mr. Thomas Duncombe

presented a petition, agreed to by the electors of Fins-bury, at a meeting which had yesterday been held for the purpose of addressing that House on the Lords' amendments. They prayed that the hon. House might reject them with the disgust they deserved.

Mr. Wakley

supported the prayer of the petition, and stated that at the meeting yesterday he (Mr. Wakley) handed a Bill containing the Lords' amendments to the people, and asked them what the House of Commons ought to do with it, upon which they tore it in ten thousand pieces. He mentioned this to show the feeling of the people on the subject.

Petition to lie on the table.