This dish bears the face of John Bright. Bright was an MP and mill owner in Rochdale and a leading figure in the Anti-Corn Law League, which was founded in Manchester in 1838. The goal of the league was the abolition of Corn Laws. Corn Laws were trade laws put into place in 1815 and designed to protect British producers form cheaper imports. The laws made it too expensive to import from other countries, even in times of famine. These Laws enhanced profits and the political power associated with land ownership. Industrial classes saw Corn Laws as an example of how parliament passed legislation that favoured large landowners. John Bright toured the country giving speeches on the need to reform Corn Laws. He appealed to the working and middle classes to join together in the fight for free trade and cheaper food. The Corn Laws were abolished in 1846 and this meant a significant increase of fair-trade. As a result of this achievement the Anti-Corn Law League dissolved itself on the 4 July 1846.
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