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Thomas Attwood (6 October 1783–9 March 1859) was a British economist and strong campaigner for electoral reform.

He was born in Halesowenmarker, and attended Halesowen Grammar School (now Earls High Schoolmarker) before being moved to Wolverhampton Grammar Schoolmarker. He founded the Birmingham Political Union in 1830. This was a political organization campaigning for cities, and large towns such as Birmingham, to be directly represented in Parliament. The Birmingham Political Union was foremost among groups lobbying the government for the passage of the Reform Bill to achieve this aim. After its success he became the first Member of Parliament (MP) for Birmingham on 12 December 1832, a position he held until 1839.

He died in Malvernmarker, Worcestershire.

Memorials

Statue of Thomas Attwood in Highgate Park, Birmingham


A grade II listed statue of Thomas Attwood stood in Larches Green, Sparkbrook, Birmingham between 1974 and 2008, but is now in store. A 1993 bronze statue sits, having left his plinth, and scattered his bronze pages, on the steps of Chamberlain Squaremarker in Birmingham.

Attwood Street, a residential street in Halesowenmarker, commemorates his achievements.

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