Only 5% of the wealthy males could vote, political power was based on the ownership of land, or on religion. despite the 1799
combination acts which outlawed strikes and trade unions, people vegan to fight back. Some peacefully, others violently, some unsuccessfully. Some successfully brought about change that affected the lives of people in the industrial revolution. By 1928, several reforms had resulted in finally giving the rights the right to vote - men and women.