The UK Parliament Passes the Jews Relief Act – 23 July 1858

Posted on July 22nd, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

On 23 July 1858, the UK parliament passed the Jews Relief Act 1858, thus finally allowing Jews to enter Westminster as MPs.

The newspaper reports from 1858 about the ‘Jew Bill’ and the amended Oath of Allegiance make for fascinating reading, with many MPs vehemently against the passing of the legislation – some of the speeches are very heated and emotional.

To give you a sense of the charged atmosphere, here are three newspaper reports that were published the day after the legislation was approved.

historical newspaper report about the The UK Parliament Passes the Jews Relief Act 1858

Huddersfield Chronicle – Saturday 24 July 1858

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historical newspaper report about the The UK Parliament Passes the Jews Relief Act 1858

East London Observer – Saturday 24 July 1858

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historical newspaper report about the The UK Parliament Passes the Jews Relief Act 1858

East London Observer – Saturday 24 July 1858

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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000442/18580724/022/0004

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