The Chartists call for the following political reforms:
- votes for all male citizens
- voting to take place by secret ballot
- electoral districts to be divided as equally as possible
- Parliamentary elections every year
- removal of the rule that members of Parliament have to have a certain level of personal wealth
- all members of Parliament to be paid for their services.
The Chartist movement grows rapidly and becomes a major focus for working class radicalism.
A number of Irishmen are very active in the movement, including John Cleave and James Bronterre O'Brien. But Feargus O'Connor overshadows them, emerging as Chartism's most forceful leader and spokesman.