1708

Alternative title

The 2nd Parliament of Great Britain

Summoned

26 Apr. 1708

Assembled

8 July 1708 (prorogued until 16 Nov.)

Dissolved

21 Sept. 1710

Session

Dates

1
16 Nov. 1708-21 Apr. 1709
2
15 Nov. 1709-5 Apr. 1710

Long description

Following the 1708 election the fortunes of the Whigs seemed at last to be rising.  During the summer, news of Marlborough’s victory at Oudenarde brought the ministry a fresh burst of popularity.   In November the senior Junto politicians were given office in the Cabinet, the first time since William