It was. Nevertheless it recognised the new and growing industrial population that needed representation.
The history syllabus I studied was referred to as 'Revolution, Reaction and Reform'.
A very significant point is that the major political parties were the Whigs and Torys, certainly not to be confused or conflated into our current Conservative/Labour, Left/Right.
Importantly, the slow steps to reform and representation were peaceful and progressive - something I think this country should be extremely proud of and celebrate.
Also, because the current Conservatives originated in 1834 (albeit an evolution from the Tory Party) and The Labour Party didn't come about until 1906
I make a lazy association of Whigs being predominantly upper class Liberals with a patrician attitude to the poorer classes - whatever became of them?
I made a reference to an article by Mick Hume 'No, Corbyn is not heir to the Peterloo heroes' upthread (www.spiked-online.com) which I think is relevant.
I agree. I think the upper class Liberal patricians you mention survive in universities and, paradoxically, in the Armed Forces.