Tables

This section gives information on Union attitudes to Catholic Emancipation, the Irish Church and Home Rule. Two tables compare Cambridge opposition to the enfranchisement of women with votes in the House of Commons

 

TABLE 1

CAMBRIDGE UNION DEBATES ON CATHOLIC EMANCIPATION

1822-1829

Column A: month and year of debate
Column B: numbers voting
Column C: percentage for Catholic Emancipation


Note: in chapters 8-10, percentages have been simplified to the nearest round number.

A B C
May 22
62
58.1
Apr 24
104 60.6
May 25
111 53.5
Feb 26
92 56.5
Feb 27
111 54.9
Nov 27
112 60.7
Mar 28
110 59.1
Mar 29
257 55.6


TABLE 2

CAMBRIDGE UNION DEBATES ON DISESTABLISHMENT

1864-75

Column A: month and year of debate.
Column B: Church of England or Ireland?
Column C: numbers voting
Column D: Percentage for Established Church


A
B
C D
Mar 64
Ireland
74
67.6
Mar 65
Ireland 109
50.5
Dec 65
England 163
77.9
Feb 65
Ireland 106
47.2
Nov 69
England 136
74.3
Mar 73
England 185
77.7
Jun 74
England 86
81.3
Apr 75 England 314
80.9


TABLE 3

SUPPORT FOR THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY COMPARED WITH OPPOSITION TO HOME RULE

1873-83

Column A: month and year of debate
Column B: numbers voting
Column C: Percentage for Conservatives
Column D: Percentage against Home Rule

A B
C
D
Oct 73
176
61.4
-
Nov 73
53
-
(32.1)1
Feb 74
149 54.4
-
Nov 74
248 60.1
-
May 76
162 54.9
-
Feb 77
106 -
84.9
Apr 77
263 67.7
-
Oct 77
256 64.1
-
Dec 77
77 -
89.6
May 78
145 70.3
-
Oct 79
328 63.7
-
May 80
167 -
74.8
Mar 81
335 -
71.8
Nov 81
277 49.1
-
Feb 82
135 -
73.4
May 82
170 60
-
Oct 82
219 46.1
-
Oct 82
145 -
67.6
May 83
113 -
83.2
Jun 83
366 50.3
-
Oct 83
274 51.1
-

1: The 1873 Home Rule motion was amended to refer more generally to local government.


TABLE 4

SUPPORT FOR THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY COMPARED WITH OPPOSITION TO HOME RULE

1885-88

Column A: month and year of debate
Column B: numbers voting
Column C: Percentage for Conservatives
Column D: Percentage against Home Rule

A
B
C
D
Feb 85
239
62.3
-
Jun 85
142
54.1
-
Oct 85
318
62.6
-
Dec 85
129
56.6
-
Jan 86
108
-
60.2
May 86
145
-
66.2
Jun 86
268
-
561
Oct 86
160
65
-
Oct 86
180
-
58.9
Jan 87
152
-
67.1
Jun 87
271
-
58.3
Oct 87
179
-
69.3
May 88
120
68.3
-

1: Visit of John Redmond.


TABLE 5

SUPPORT FOR THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY COMPARED WITH OPPOSITION TO HOME RULE

1888-98

Column A: month and year of debate
Column B: numbers voting
Column C: Percentage for Conservatives
Column D: Percentage against Home Rule


A
B
C
D
May 88
120
68.3
-
Feb 90
180
-
73.9
Mar 91
242
69.4
-
Feb 92
147
67.3
-
Feb 93
389
-
68.6
Oct 92
187
62
-
Oct 93
181
60.2
-
Mar 94
394
-
66.2
Oct 94
183
61.7
-
Feb 95
417
-
56.81
Jun 96
193
64.3
-
Feb 97
94
-
60.62
Mar 97
210
68.6
-
May 98
163
61.4
-

1: Visit of John Redmond
2: The debate was on the Report of the Financial Commission. Although not formally a Home Rule motion, it was evidently so interpreted by some participants.


TABLE 6

SUPPORT FOR THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY COMPARED WITH OPPOSITION TO HOME RULE

1903-10

Column A: month and year of debate
Column B: numbers voting
Column C: Percentage for Conservatives
Column D: Percentage against Home Rule

A
B
C
D
May 03
108
-
52.8
May 04
117
-
41.91
Nov 04
443
43
-
Mar 05
218
52.3
-
May 05
132
59.1
-
Nov 05
258
53.1
-
Mar 06
279
52.7
-
Oct 06 197
-
56.7
Mar 07
194
43.8
-
Mar 07
280
-
50.7
Jun 07 304
53.9
-
Dec 07
228
53.1
-
Oct 08
142
-
54.2
Nov 08
172
50.6
-
Jun 09
368
-
502
Dec 09
340
52.6
-
Jan 10
338
58.6
-
Mar 10
98
45.9
-
May 10
112
-
50
Nov 10
343
53.4
-
Dec 10
431
54.99
-

1. Visit of Hilaire Belloc
2. Visit of John Dillon


TABLE 7

SUPPORT FOR THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY COMPARED WITH
OPPOSITION TO HOME RULE AND SUPPORT FOR EXTREME RESISTANCE

1911-14

Column A: month and year of debate
Column B: numbers voting
Column C: Percentage for Conservatives
Column D: Percentage against Home Rule
Column E: Percentage for extreme resistance

A
B
C
D
E
Jun 11
203
45.8
-
-
Dec 11
303
42.2
-
-
Mar 12
427
-
43.1
-
Jun 12
259
54.8
-
-
Oct 12
247
-
-
44.1
Dec 12
326
58.3
-
-
Feb 13
133
-
-
36.1
Nov 13
389
-
*(49.6)1
-
Mar 14
280
57.5
-
-
Apr 14
112
-
-
46.4

1. Composite motion in support of Home Rule but including specific condemnation of Ulster opposition


TABLE 8

NUMBERS VOTING AT MAIN DEBATE ON IRELAND AS PERCENTAGE OF MOST POPULAR DEBATE OF EACH ACADEMIC YEAR

1863-64 TO 1913-14

Column A: academic year (October to June)1
Column B: non-Irish issue drawing largest vote2
Column C: numbers voting in B
Column D: Irish issue drawing largest vote
Column E: numbers voting in D
Column F: E as percentage of C
(relative importance of Irish issue)


1. Years in which Ireland was not debated are omitted
2. Some issues are simplified. Appendix 1 supplies more detail.

A
B
C
D
E
F
63/4
Foreign policy 102
Church
74
73.3
64/5
Cambridge issue
191
Church 107
56
65/6
Church
163
Fenians
100
61.4
66/7
Politics1
312
Church
106
34
67/8
Votes for women
184
Conciliation
172
98.5
68/9
Cambridge issue
240
Church/Land
75
31.5
69/70
Cambridge issue
143
Land
68
47.6
73/4
Rights of women
184
Home Rule
83
28.82
76/7
Church
316
Home Rule 106
33.5
77/8
Politics 284
Home Rule 77
27.1
79/80
Politics 328
Home Rule 167
50.9
80/1
Politics 341
Coercion
318
98.2
81/2
Politics 277
Land
274
98.9
82/3
Politics 366
Coercion
161
44
83/4
Socialism 457
Irish policy
207
45.3
84/5
Politics 309
Coercion 63
20.4
85/6
Politics 318
Home Rule 268
84.3
86/7
Politics 160
Home Rule 271
169.4
87/8
Shakespeare
232
Home Rule 179
77.1
88/9
Cambridge issue
229
Irish policy
425
185.6
89/90
Socialism
254
Home Rule 180
70.9
90/1
Politics 242
Irish policy
217
89.7
91/2 Cambridge issue
233
Ulster
59
25.3
92/3
Cambridge issue
234
Home Rule 389
166.2
93/4
House ofLords
241
Home Rule 294
121.9
94/5
Empire Music Hall
331
Home Rule 417
126
96/7 Cambridge issue
12213
Finance
94
7.7
97/8 Politics 344
Joke debate4 146
44.4
98/9 Foreign policy
234
University
72
30.8
01/2
Press freedom
155
Coercion
117
75.5
02/3
Politics 206
Land
149
72.3
03/4 Tariff reform
450
University
151
33.6
04/5
Politics 443
MacDonnell
88
19.9
06/7 House of Lords
307
Home Rule 280
91.2
07/8 Socialism
310
Home Rule5 135
43.5
08/9 Socialism 248}
Home Rule 368
148.4

Britsh Empire
248}



09/10
Politics 340
Home Rule 112
32.9
10/1
Politics 431
Home Rule 234
54.9
11/2 Navy
390
Home Rule 427
109.5
12/3 Politics 326
Ulster
247
72.1
13/4 Divorce
314
Home Rule 389
123.9

1. Inaugural debate of the new Union building
2. Motion amended to remove reference to Home Rule
3. Debate thrown open to all undergraduates
4. The joke does not amuse
5. Motion on Irish administration


TABLE 9

VOTES FOR WOMEN 1866-1886 HOUSE OF COMMONS VOTES COMPARED WITH DEBATES OF THE CAMBRIDGE UNION

Column A: month and year of debate
Column B: numbers voting in House of Commons
Column C: percentage of House of Commons opposed
Column D: percentage of Conservative MPs opposed
Column E: numbers voting in the Cambridge Union
Column F: percentage of Cambridge Union opposed

Information in Columns A-D derived from Brian Harrison, Separate Spheres:
The Opposition to Women's Suffrage in Britain
(1978), pp, 28-30

A
B
C
D
E
F
Nov 66
-
-
-
178
87.6
May 67
271
72.3
91.3
-
-
Feb 68
-
-
-
184
74.4
Feb 70
-
-
-
115
76.5
May 70
219
42.5
56.9
-
-
May 70
318
69.8
72.9
-
-
May 71
375
59.2
66.9
-
-
May 71
-
-
-
60
86.7
May 72
369
60.7
76.0 -
-
May 72
-
-
-
130
72.31
Apr 73
381
58.8
69.0
-
-
Nov 73
-
-
-
184
64.71
Feb 75
-
-
-
172
81.4
Apr 75
343
55.1
64.6
-
-
Apr 76
394
60.9
71.5
-
-
May 76
-
-
-
200
88
Feb 78
-
-
-
187
72.7
Jun 78
364
61.0 80.1
-
-
Mar 79
324
67.6
84.4
-
-
Dec 80
-
-
-
156
70.5
Nov 82
-
-
-
161
85.7
Jul 83
248
53.2
79.2
-
-
Feb 84
-
-
-
135
71.1
Jun 84
410
66.6
22.8
-
-
Nov 84
41
24.4
66.7
-
-
Feb 85
-
-
-
181
56.91
Feb 86
266
39.1
37.6
-
-
Mar 86
-
-
-
141
58.2
Mar 87
-
-
-
60
58.3

1. motions for restricted franchise only


TABLE 10

VOTES FOR WOMEN 1892-1914 HOUSE OF COMMONS VOTES COMPARED WITH DEBATES OF THE CAMBRIDGE UNION


For explanation of columns and source of information, See Table 9

A
B
C
D
E
F
Jan 92
-
-
-
60
53.3
Apr 92
331
53.5
50.0
-
-
Jan 94
-
-
-
87
71.3
Feb 95
-
-
-
122
57.4
Dec 96
-
-
-
71
63.4
Feb97 389
40.9
44.4
-
-
Jun 00
-
-
-
124
69.4
Mar 02
-
-
-
149
75.2
Mar 04
254
27.6
40.9
-
-
Nov 05
-
-
-
155
63.9
Feb 08
367
25.6
66.9
-
-
May 08
-
-
-
153
45.8
Dec 08
-
-
-
225
50.7
Mar 09
283
43.8
98.7
-
-
Nov 09
-
-
-
344
58.1
Jul 10
493
38.9
56.7
-
-
Feb 11
-
-
-
138
55.1
May 11
348
26.1
42.6
-
-
Nov 11
-
-
-
294
49.3
Mar 12
434
51.6
64.2
-
-
Jul 12
512
43.0
100
-
-
Nov 12
459
68.8
54.9
-
-
Nov 12
-
-
-
270
62.3
May 13
490
54.9
83.2
-
-
Jun 14
-
-
-
145
49.7
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